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Core Group to create a special international tribunal to prosecute the crime of aggression against Ukraine meets in Vilnius

Created: 2024.05.10 / Updated: 2024.05.13 09:30
      Core Group to create a special international tribunal to prosecute the crime of aggression against Ukraine meets in Vilnius
      Core Group to create a special international tribunal to prosecute the crime of aggression against Ukraine meets in Vilnius
      Core Group to create a special international tribunal to prosecute the crime of aggression against Ukraine meets in Vilnius

      On May 10, the Foreign Ministry held the 9th meeting of the so-called Core Group in Vilnius to create a special international tribunal to prosecute the crime of aggression against Ukraine. This is the first time the international law experts have met in Vilnius. The Core Group was set up in the wake of Russia’s unjustified and widespread war of aggression against Ukraine. It aims to find the legal solutions necessary to ensure international accountability for the crime of aggression against Ukraine. Experts from states and international organisations are working to find solutions for a special international tribunal that could prosecute the political and military leaders of Russia and its accomplice Belarus for the devastating and ongoing crime of aggression against Ukraine that has shocked the entire international community. 

      In his welcome speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Gabrielius Landsbergis, reminded international experts of the experience of restoring Lithuania’s independence when the Soviets’ international accountability for crimes committed against the people of Lithuania was never achieved.

      “Immunity will not stop the aggressor. It only encourages criminals to continue committing their crimes on an increasing scale. Ensuring real accountability for the crime of aggression is necessary to achieve Ukraine’s victory. Without Ukraine’s victory, there will be no lasting peace not only in Ukraine but the entire international community will also be threatened,” Landsbergis said. 

      Ninety experts representing 38 countries, European Union institutions and the Council of Europe participated in the meeting in Vilnius. Experts discussed the model and legal aspects of establishing the tribunal and the activities of the International Centre for the Prosecution of the Crime of Aggression against Ukraine, which gathers evidence of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Since its launch in autumn 2023, the Centre is the first international body to gather evidence to be used in the work of the future tribunal.

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