The International Criminal Court (ICC) obtained on Monday greater financial and technical resources from some 40 countries, meeting in London, to continue its investigations into alleged war crimes in Ukraine, three days after issuing an arrest warrant against the president. Russian, Vladimir Putin.
“After the indictment of President Putin on Friday, it was very important (…) to show our concrete support for the ICC,” he congratulated himself. Dominic RaabBritish Minister of Justice, at the end of the conference that brought together Ministers of Justice and representatives of forty countries.
At the end of the day, “we have lifted more than 4 million pounds [unos 5 millones de dólares] and numerous non-financial and technical supports” in favor of the CPI’s action in Ukraine, added Raab.
The Hague-based prosecutor of the Court, Karim Khancalled for more media to open the conference in London, co-hosted by the UK and the Netherlands.
“We collectively need perseverance to achieve justice”defended the prosecutor.
The Court launched an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
Last Friday, he issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Commissioner for Children’s Rights, Maria Lvova-Belovafor the war crime of “illegal deportation” of Ukrainian children.
Khan described as “sad” and “dark” this decision, addressed for the first time in its history to the leader of one of the five permanent member countries of the UN Security Council.
In retaliation for this decision, which it described as “null”, Russia announced on Monday the opening of a “criminal investigation” against Khan and three ICC judges.
“Although noise is inevitable, we must focus on what is really happening and in need of an independent and impartial investigation”insisted the prosecutor, thanking the countries present for their support.
“I just want to ask you to support the ICC with all the necessary resources,” the Ukrainian Minister of Justice pleaded with his counterparts. Denis Maliuska.
“The world must see that no one is above justice,” insisted the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenskyin a video message broadcast at the beginning of the appointment.
“The important thing today is to remember our full support for all the decisions taken, or that will be taken in the future by the ICC, because it is an independent body,” insisted the European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reyndersin statements to the press.
Among the countries that reinforced their financial support are the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the European Union.
The European Union “has already contributed more than 10 million euros” to the ICC since the start of the Russian invasion and “I can assure you that the European Union is ready to continue” its support for the court, Commissioner Reynders also said.
The European commissioner also recalled the EU’s will to amend if necessary the Treaty of Rome, which created the ICC, to allow it to judge the “crimes of aggression” committed by Russia. Currently, the ICC only has jurisdiction over war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Ukraine.
(With information from AFP)
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