Ukraine’s Expanded ICC Jurisdiction Marks Step toward Justice | Freedom House

Ukraine’s Expanded ICC Jurisdiction Marks Step toward Justice

Washington

Following the announcement that Ukraine expanded its recognition of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) jurisdiction over crimes committed in Ukraine to include those from Nov. 21, 2013 onward, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The Ukrainian government’s decision to expand jurisdiction of the ICC marks an important step toward ending impunity for grave crimes committed in Ukraine by Ukrainian citizens,” said Susan Corke, director for Eurasia Programs. “By accepting ICC jurisdiction over crimes such as torture, murder, and enslavement, the government helps victims of the conflict in Ukraine gain access to justice. The Ukrainian authorities should take the next step and signal their commitment to justice by ratifying and implementing the Rome Statute to ensure that future grave crimes and abuses do not go unpunished.”

Ukraine is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2015,  Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2015, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2014.

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