The European Parliament has demanded the creation of an international tribunal that will investigate the war crimes perpetrated by Russia in Ukraine. The MEPs passed a resolution, according to which not only military commanders and soldiers shall face justice, but political leaders as well.
The MEPs appealed to the entire European Union to do whatever is necessary to prosecute Russian and Belarusian political leadership for war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and aggression.
Rasa Juknevičienė, a Lithuanian MEP, was one of those who called for punishing the decision makers, stressing that Russia has a history of aggressive behaviour dating back a long time and was never punished for its conduct, referring to the decades-long occupation of Lithuania and other Baltic countries by the Soviet Union.
Anna Fotyga, and MEP from Poland, spoke in similar terms:
We are witnessing the same brutality by the 🇷🇺 army that we witnessed decades ago.— Rasa Juknevičienė (@RJukneviciene) May 19, 2022
But for these crimes, not only soldiers should be punished but also their political leaders & military commanders as well as their allies. https://t.co/e8bVtBcGdl
The text of the resolution asks the EU to support setting up a special international tribunal to punish the crime of aggression for which the International Criminal Court (ICC) has no jurisdiction. MEPs want the EU to provide all the necessary human and budgetary resources, as well as administrative, investigative, and logistical support that will be needed to establish this tribunal.
Russia is to be defeated in this war, and no impunity of war crimes can be allowed. We require a special tribunal. #RussianWarCrimes #StopRussiaNow #StopGenocide pic.twitter.com/8V2kcUyTvW— Anna Fotyga Biuro Poselskie (@AnnaFotyga_PE) May 19, 2022