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UN gives guidelines to investigate alleged war crimes in Ukraine

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The UN rapporteur for arbitrary and extrajudicial executions, Morris Tidball-Binz, today called on investigators of alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine to coordinate their work inside and outside that country, to speed up the process and avoid increasing the trauma of the victims.

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In a statement, the Chilean-Argentine expert welcomed the progress made in this regard by the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, the International Criminal Court and the initiatives in countries that recognize universal jurisdiction, but recommended that they all coordinate to unify criteria and avoid redundancies.

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“Without such coordination, there is a considerable risk of overlapping and duplication of work, which would harm the effectiveness and efficiency of the investigations,” said the UN rapporteur.

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Tidball-Binz warned, in this regard, that victims of potential war crimes and crimes against humanity could add to their trauma “if they are interviewed multiple times by different researchers.”

The expert added that the identification of human remains, “with a dignified treatment and that respects their relatives” it is essential for the course of investigations, in particular to prevent many murdered people from being considered simply disappeared for a long time.

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“International law requires that investigations are prompt, effective, thorough, independent, impartial, and transparent”, concluded the expert, a doctor specialized in forensic sciences, human rights and humanitarian action.

The rapporteur himself participated in the 1980s in the creation of the first genetic database to locate victims of forced disappearances and their families in Argentina, working for the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo. (I)

Source: Eluniverso

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