Monday, June 24, 2024

Five Eyes AGs support Russian war crimes prosecutions

Attorney-General, David Parker, has joined his counterparts from the US, UK, Australia and Canada in issuing a statement of support for Ukraine’s Prosecutor-General and prosecutions for crimes committed during the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“The Attorneys General of the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand join in support of Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova, her Office, and the Ukrainian people in ensuring accountability for war crimes committed during the Russian invasion,” today’s statement reads.

“We support the pursuit of justice by Ukraine and through other international investigations, including at the International Criminal Court, the United Nations, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and in our own jurisdictions, in order to the ensure prompt, fair and effective investigation and prosecution of such offences under Ukrainian, domestic or international law.

“We join in condemning the Russian Government for its actions, and call upon it to cease all violations of international law, to halt its illegal invasion and to cooperate in efforts to achieve accountability.

“We look forward to working together with the Prosecutor General and her Office to ensure every perpetrator faces justice.”

Ukraine has to date identified more than 10,000 possible war crimes committed by Russia.

In the first war crimes trial held in Ukraine this week, a 21-year-old Russian soldier pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed civilian.

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