The President of Latvia proposes the creation of an international tribunal - President Levits

13 September 2022

Ukraine and its allies should initiate the creation of a special international tribunal to investigate Russian military aggression.

This is what the President of Latvia Egils Levits said at the 17th Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting "Ukraine: Defending All Our Freedom", organised by YES in partnership with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation..

“I support the idea of ​​establishing an international special tribunal that would prosecute the Russian state's aggression against Ukraine. We have to start doing that. I believe there are enough states that could get involved in the establishment of an international tribunal. This is my practical proposal,” said Egils Levits.

According to the President of Latvia, the UN General Assembly could create such a tribunal, although this would be an arduous path.

The idea of ​​creating a special military tribunal to try Russian war criminals was also supported by Geoffrey Nice, British barrister and judge, Professor of Law at Gresham College, former Chief Prosecutor of the International Tribunal in Slobodan Milosevic’s case.

The International Criminal Court cannot try this case. A special international tribunal is needed if this idea is supported by the international community. For Ukrainian people, it is crucial to see the trial of Putin. Victims and survivors of the aggression want the process to take place in Ukraine. And these expectations can be satisfied,” says Geoffrey Nice.

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Chrystia Freeland
Chrystia Freeland
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