Ukraine: ICC Warrants Advance Justice

In response to the International Criminal Court (ICC) announcement on March 17, 2023, that the court has issued arrest warrants in relation to the ongoing Ukraine investigation, the following quote can be attributed to Balkees Jarrah, associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch:

“This is a big day for the many victims of crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine since 2014. With these arrest warrants, the ICC has made Putin a wanted man and taken its first step to end the impunity that has emboldened perpetrators in Russia’s war against Ukraine for far too long. The warrants send a clear message that giving orders to commit or tolerating serious crimes against civilians may lead to a prison cell in The Hague. The court’s warrants are a wakeup call to others committing abuses or covering them up that their day in court may be coming, regardless of their rank or position.”

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