Ukraine’s Expanded ICC Jurisdiction Marks Step toward Justice – But Justice – As Fairness for Whom?

Washington
September 9, 2015

Following the announcement that Ukraine expanded its recognition of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) jurisdiction over crimes committed in Ukraine to include those from Nov. 21, 2013 onward, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“The Ukrainian government’s decision to expand jurisdiction of the ICC marks an important step toward ending impunity for grave crimes committed in Ukraine by Ukrainian citizens,” said Susan Corke, director for Eurasia Programs. “By accepting ICC jurisdiction over crimes such as torture, murder, and enslavement, the government helps victims of the conflict in Ukraine gain access to justice. The Ukrainian authorities should take the next step and signal their commitment to justice by ratifying and implementing the Rome Statute to ensure that future grave crimes and abuses do not go unpunished.” [Then you should have President Poroshenko and his Nazi battalions shipped to The Hague ASAP]

Ukraine is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2015, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2014. [No kidding?]

Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization that supports democratic change (aka regime change), monitors the status of freedom around the world, and advocates for democracy and human rights. [ Human Rights in Ukraine when its president have children killed, and with the help of the Nazi battalions execute men, rape women, then kill them and dumped them in mass graves? ]

To support U.S. geopolitical interests, USAID is often called upon to administer exceptional financial grants to allies [of course!]. Also, when U.S. troops are in the field, USAID can supplement the “Civil Affairs” programs that the U.S. military conducts to win the friendship of local populations and thus to undermine insurgent support. In these circumstances, USAID may be directed by specially appointed diplomatic officials of the State Department, as has been done in Afghanistan and Pakistan during operations against al-Qaeda.

Freedom House’s programs support human rights and democracy advocates in their efforts to promote open government, defend human rights, strengthen civil society and facilitate the free flow of information and ideas. Freedom House primarily offers assistance through trainings, international exchange programs, grant giving and networking activities. In addition, Freedom House offers symbolic and moral support through advocacy and visible demonstrations of solidarity on behalf of counterparts abroad. [No kidding?]

Freedom House currently has fourteen offices and conducts programs in over thirty countries in all regions of the world. Primary funding for Freedom House’s programs comes in the form of grants from USAID and U.S. State Department, as well as from other democratic governments—Canada, the EU, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden—and from private foundations, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the United States Government agency primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid. Responding to President Barack Obama’s pledge in his 2013 State of the Union Address to “join with our allies to eradicate extreme poverty in the next two decades,” USAID has adopted as its mission statement “to partner to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing the security and prosperity of the United States.” USAID operates in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

USAID can also be called upon to support projects of U.S. constituents that have exceptional interest.

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEPT. 8, 2015

The New York Times – September 9, 2015

In a move that could clear the way for an investigation into possible war crimes in Ukraine’s bitter conflict with Russian-backed rebels, the Ukrainian government on Tuesday accepted the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, backdated to early 2014. In a letter accompanying the formal acceptance, Ukraine’s Parliament accused “senior officials of the Russian Federation” and rebel leaders of committing atrocities during the annexation of Crimea and fighting in eastern Ukraine. While Ukraine is not a member of the court, based in The Hague, it can voluntarily accept its jurisdiction. Russia also is not a member, but any of its citizens suspected of committing a crime in Ukraine could now face prosecution.

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