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Top human rights lawyers join war crimes investigation

A selection of the world’s leading international human rights lawyers have joined a legal task force set up by the Ukrainian government to look into alleged crimes committed by Russian forces.

The remit of the Legal Task Force on Accountability for Crimes Committed in Ukraine will include advice on proposals for accountability, including via the United Nations and regional organisations; advice and potential representation connecting to civil and criminal cases (including under universal jurisdiction laws) to ensure reparations and accountability in national jurisdictions; and planned guidance on Ukraine’s involvement with the International Criminal Court.

Kennedy stated: ‘It is an honour to be of service to the government of Ukraine and its people. The task force is determined to ensure that no impunity is granted for the blatant violations of international law committed by Russia. It is crucial that perpetrators are brought to justice, and victims receive the reparations they deserve. There can be no peace without justice.’

Neuberger said: ‘We must try and ensure that the rule of law prevails and that those responsible for any crimes suffered by the Ukrainian people are made accountable.’

Iryna Venediktova, Ukraine’s prosecutor general, commented: ‘We are grateful to this esteemed group for their support for Ukraine. Their assistance and guidance will be invaluable in the process of securing justice for Ukrainian victims and rebuilding our state.’

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