Washington, Nov 21 – The United States on Monday compared the efforts of several Western countries to hold Russia accountable for the war in Ukraine with the Nuremberg Trials that put high-ranking officials of the Nazi regime in the dock.
“We are living in a Nuremberg moment, when allies came together at the end of World War II to bring justice to unimaginable crimes,” US Special Ambassador for Global Justice Beth Van Schaak.
The official stressed that now is the time for the international community to prosecute “those responsible for war crimes and other atrocities that are occurring in Ukraine.”
Van Schaack recalled that the former Soviet Union played a fundamental role in the Nuremberg Trials of the last century and criticized that Moscow is currently “turning its back on its own legacy.”
Despite everything, she opined that “the world has never been so united around the need for accountability for the terrible violation of international law that the war launched by Russia has entailed.”
Van Shaack pointed out that one of the biggest challenges in this process will be the capture of the alleged criminals and admitted that “it will be difficult to move forward” if the perpetrators remain in Russia and that country does not experience “political change.”
However, the ambassador recalled that on previous occasions it has been possible to capture perpetrators who left her country, such as the Chilean Augusto Pinochet or the Yugoslav Slobodan Milosevic.
“There is much that can be done,” Van Schaack confided, such as documenting war crimes in Ukraine and protecting witnesses and survivors to bring the case to the International Criminal Court.
According to the ambassador, since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine last February, thousands of cases have been registered that may constitute war crimes committed by Russian troops, such as extrajudicial executions, the use of concentration camps or the sending of children Ukrainians to Russia.
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