ICC prosecutor to investigate possible war crimes in Ukraine

The intention to investigate possible war crimes or crimes against humanity in Ukraine has been announced by the prosecutor of the international criminal court (ICC) in The Hague. This would be possible even if Ukraine is not a member of the ICC.

Source: The Guardian


Council of Europe suspends Russia

On February 25, the Council of Europe has suspended all representatives of Russia from participation in the Committee of Ministers and its parliament as a consequence of Moscow's attack on Ukraine. Emphasis has been placed on the fact that “Suspension is not a final measure but a temporary one, leaving channels of communication open”. This decision will not affect the ECHR and applications against Russia will continue to be examined by the court.

Source: rferl.org


More than 6,000 arrests in Russia during protests over Ukraine war, says human rights group

According to the OVD-Info human rights group, which tracks political arrests, 6,440 people were arrested before February the 28th in anti-war demonstrations in 103 different Russian cities. However, despite a police crackdown, the protests show little sign of abating.

Source: euronews


Brussels will apply a never-used EU law to host Ukrainian refugee

According to the Commission, the military attack could lead to one of Europe's largest humanitarian crises. Therefore, it is ready to activate a never-used mechanism to help Ukrainians fleeing Russia's invasion. This mechanism was approved in 2001 after the wars in Yugoslavia and Kosovo. It is intended to regulate the allocation of refugees according to the accommodation capacities of each country.

Source: euronews


UK takes aim at Russia with new economic crime law

The proposed law — the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill — will lay the foundations for a register identifying foreign owners of U.K. property. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson explained his decision is aimed at supporters of the Russian government who will have “nowhere to hide your ill-gotten gains”.

Source: politico.eu


Ukraine backs international tribunal plan to try Putin for crime of aggression

The establishment of a special international tribunal to try Russia’s leaders will be backed by Ukraine´s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba. He stated that even if the enemy is strong, he is confident that ”International law is on our side, and hopefully it will make its own contribution to help us prevail.” This initiative is separate from the claim to hold Russia accountable at the international criminal court in The Hague.

Source: The Guardian


Russian no show at U.N. court hearings on Ukrainian ‘genocide’

Russia boycotted hearings at the U.N.'s highest court organised as Ukraine is seeking to halt hostilities and declaring the Russian military attack as a genocide. The case is based on the interpretation of a 1948 treaty on the prevention of genocide.

Source: Reuters


Ukraine: unequal treatment for foreigners attempting to flee

International students and people who immigrated to Ukraine for work are now trying to get out of the country and many have stated that they are facing discrimination based on their racial identity and country of origin. The reason is apparently the decision to prioritise evacuating Ukrainian women and children. However, UN experts said they were seriously concerned about reports of people of African descent and other ethnic minorities being treated in a discriminatory way.

Source: hrw.org


Thousands arrested as anti-war protesters take to the streets in cities across Russia

Mass arrests were carried out on 6 March in 69 Russian cities. More than 4,800 people were detained at demonstrations, where some were “beaten, grabbed by their hair, doused in water and antiseptic, or even tasered”. The independent monitor OVD-Info has declared that, since February 24, around 13,000 people have been arrested in Russia.

Source: Meduza