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Switzerland supports the establishment of a special tribunal

  • By The Swiss Times
  • 17 November 2023

Switzerland is committed to the establishment of a special tribunal against the crime of aggression against Ukraine. Switzerland is thus now part of a core group that is committed to the creation of such a tribunal.

Switzerland supports the establishment of a special tribunal
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is displayed on a screen during a demonstration against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of the Swiss parliament building in Bern, Switzerland, Saturday, March 19, 2022

By participating in the core group, Switzerland wants to play its part in prosecuting all crimes under international law committed in Ukraine and bringing them to justice, as the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) announced on Thursday.

Switzerland joined the core group at a meeting in Berlin on November 16, 2023. The core group is now made up of 38 countries, including France, Germany, Norway, Guatemala, Japan and Canada.

Such a special tribunal is necessary because the International Criminal Court is responsible for prosecuting and sentencing war crimes in Ukraine, but not for the crime of aggression. Jurisdiction for this requires ratification of the Rome Statute, an international treaty that has not been signed by either Ukraine or Russia.

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