Russia must be held accountable for its military aggression against Ukraine, the Council of Europe said
On September 15, 2022, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) adopted a decision to ensure the responsibility of the Russian Federation for aggression against Ukraine. It is stated in the Facebook post of the Permanent Representation of Ukraine to the Council of Europe.
“In particular, the member states of the Council of Europe noted with interest the Ukrainian proposals for the establishment of a Special Tribunal for the punishment of the crime of aggression against Ukraine and the Compensation Mechanism for compensation for damages caused by Russian aggression, including as a first step provides for the creation of an international register of damages”, – it is stated in messages.
The Permanent Representation of Ukraine to the Council of Europe indicates that the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which after the expulsion of Russia, unites 46 member states, “emphasized the need for a decisive and unequivocal international legal response to aggression against Ukraine, which would make it impossible for the aggressor to avoid impunity and to prevent further violations.”
It is worth adding that the decision of the CoE committee indicates that it welcomes efforts to cooperate with Ukraine to ensure accountability for the crime of aggression against Ukraine and to ensure full compensation for damage, loss, or damage caused by Russia’s violations of international law in Ukraine.
The ministers called on the member states and the Council of Europe to continue actively dealing with this issue and actively participate in further developing a complex system of responsibility in accordance with the standards of international law, in particular, the European Convention on Human Rights.
In addition, this decision will become the basis for further development of the specified mechanisms and comprehensive accountability system.
Read more about the decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe here.