Conflict in Ukraine heightened risks of mass atrocities
For the last few days, GAAMAC has followed with great concern the events unfolding in Ukraine. As a community committed to the prevention of mass atrocities, it is acutely aware that conflict heightens the risks of, and may be conducive to, the potential commission of atrocities – as well as other gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.
The situation in Ukraine illustrates the need for all States, everywhere, to be equipped with national atrocity prevention mechanisms, to ensure they remain resilient even in unstable circumstances.
Many members of the GAAMAC community have expressed their concern and warned of the nexus between conflict and mass atrocities. Below is a non-exhaustive selection of statements, listed in order of release.
- Switzerland, Statement on the situation of the situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukrainian (23 February 2022)
- Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Statement on the situation in Ukraine (24 February 2022)
- Protection Approaches, Urgent statement on the situation in Ukraine (24 February 2022)
- Sant’Egidio Foundation for Peace and Dialogue, Appeal for a ceasefire and for Kiev to be proclaimed an "open city" (25 February 2022)
- International Crisis Group, What the UN General Assembly can do for Ukraine (28 February 2022)
- Costa Rica, Switzerland and The Netherlands, Statements at the UN General Assembly emergency special session on Ukraine - abridged (28 February 2022)
- Denmark, Statement on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries to the UN General Assembly emergency special session on Ukraine (28 February 2022)
- Council of the European Union, EU restrictive measures in response to the crisis in Ukraine (2 March 2022)
- United Kingdom, Letter of referral of the situation in Ukraine to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor (2 March 2022)
The situation rapidly evolving and we encourage readers to visit partners and members’ websites, and to stay connected to GAAMAC’s social channels, for the latest updates.