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Ukraine’s Expanded ICC Jurisdiction Marks Step toward Justice
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.”
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change, monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights.