EU, International criminal court, Dutch band together for justice in Ukraine

The government’s website writes that the conference aims to help further strengthen and coordinate global efforts in gathering evidence, and carrying out investigations and prosecutions. [Shutterstock/Gorodenkoff]

The Netherlands, together with EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders and the International Criminal Court’s Prosecutor Karim Khan, will organise a ministerial conference on the accountability for war crimes committed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 14 July.

The government’s website writes that the conference aims to help further strengthen and coordinate global efforts in gathering evidence, and carrying out investigations and prosecutions.

“The international community has quickly taken important first steps to bring those responsible for possible international crimes to justice. It is now important to bring these existing efforts together so that all actions effectively contribute to justice for bereaved families and survivors,” said Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra.

This conference will give countries and governments a chance to discuss a collective strategy against violations of international humanitarian law. In terms of the war in Ukraine, it will focus on how to conduct forensic investigations.

The International Criminal Court and Eurojust will present their guidelines for dealing with collecting and preserving evidence and how to effectively cooperate with NGOs at the conference.

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