April 11, 2023

Closing the Impunity Gap for War Crimes in Ukraine

Dermot Groome

People have been witnessing horrible atrocities in Ukraine for over a year, but  will we be able to bring everyone who has committed crimes to justice? In the  U.S., over ninety-nine thousand crimes have been noted during the invasion and  over six hundred possible suspects have been documented, so by scale alone, it’s impossible to ensure complete justice. But the U.S. along with its allies are  training Ukranian prosecutors on international criminal law to better their chances  in court. Moving around, the International Criminal Court and the U.S. have what  Dermot Groome calls a “like-hate” relationship, but recently Biden heavily  supports the ICC’s work. Because of these bettering relationships, all U.S.  investigation services can cooperate with international courts. Groome explains  four fundamental changes because of that outcome, there is no prohibition in  assisting the ICC or funding prohibitions, the ICC investigators can come to the  U.S., and war criminals found in the U.S. can be prosecuted in American courts.  To close, Groome notes that a voice for the victims of war crimes must be ensured  in the international community. In the later Q. & A. portion, he answers to matters including criticism of the ICC, risking the U.S. in the pursuit of international  justice, and Russian Orthodox churches blessing war crimes.

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