Ukraine Urged to Get Ready for Post-Conflict Justice

9/25/2019

The Ukrainian president’s office announced on August 15 that a new plan is being discussed to reintegrate the currently separatist-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk areas of eastern Ukraine after the conflict finally ends, using the concept of transitional justice and the rules and principles of international humanitarian law and international criminal law.

The deputy head of the president’s office, Ruslan Ryaboshapka, said it was intended “to restore peace and normal life in the occupied territories [Donetsk and Luhansk], to eliminate violations of our citizens’ rights, to hold [perpetrators] accountable for crimes committed, to compensate for losses.”

Transitional justice, which is a relatively new concept in Ukraine, is a set of judicial and non-judicial mechanisms to redress human rights abuses in a post-conflict society. It includes the prosecution of suspects, truth-seeking, reparations for victims, and institutional reforms.

Ryaboshapka also said that one of the priorities was for Ukraine to finally ratify the statute of the International Criminal Court, which it signed almost 20 years ago.

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