The UK will host a gathering of justice ministers in March to debate methods to assist the Worldwide Felony Court docket’s investigation of alleged conflict crimes in Ukraine, the federal government mentioned Saturday.
The ICC based mostly in The Hague is at present finishing up an investigation into conflict crimes and crimes towards humanity in Ukraine.
ICC prosecutor Karim Khan is about to participate within the March assembly with ministers from around the globe, London mentioned.
Khan in December urged the worldwide neighborhood to get behind and fund the ICC probe, saying: “We want the instruments to do the job. We would not have these instruments.”
The UK authorities mentioned the assembly “goals to extend the worldwide monetary and sensible assist being supplied to the ICC and coordinate efforts to make sure it has all it wants to hold out investigations and prosecute these accountable”.
Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, who will co-host the assembly, mentioned the individuals will focus on the way to assist collect info and share proof of atrocities in addition to the way to assist victims.
“Russian forces ought to know they can’t act with impunity and we are going to again Ukraine till justice is served,” Raab mentioned.
He harassed “the worldwide neighborhood should give its strongest backing to the ICC so conflict criminals might be held to account for the atrocities we’re witnessing”.
The assembly’s co-host, Dutch Justice Minister Dilan Yesilgoz-Zegerius, mentioned the assembly individuals would “coordinate with our companions to make sure that assist to the ICC and the Ukrainian authorities is obtainable”.
European Fee president Ursula von der Leyen in December mentioned that the ICC couldn’t strive Russia, a non-member state, for the “management” crime of aggression with out a United Nations Safety Council decision, which Moscow would immediately veto.
She as a substitute proposed a UN-backed particular court docket to prosecute the Russian management for the “crime of aggression” over its invasion of Ukraine.
EU international coverage chief Josep Borrell mentioned final month that Russia’s large missile assaults on Ukraine focusing on civilian infrastructure “represent conflict crimes and are barbaric. All these accountable shall be held accountable.”