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Norway is leading a UN inquiry into abuses during the Ukraine war

Norway is leading a UN inquiry into abuses during the Ukraine war

Geneva – AFP

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday appointed a Norwegian judge who has served in several international courts to oversee investigations into war crimes in Ukraine.

Eric Moss, a former judge of the Norwegian Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights, who presided over the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), has been appointed chairman of the newly formed Independent International Commission of Inquiry. The chairman of the Human Rights Council, Federico Villegas, also announced the names of the other two members of the team.

He is joined by Human Rights Ombudsman Moss for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jasmineka Jumhur and Colombian Judge Pablo de Grief, a leading UN expert on the promotion of truth, justice and compensation.

On March 4, the UN Human Rights Council approved the decision to set up an International Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights and Humanitarian Violations in Ukraine in the wake of the Russian military operation.

The text submitted by Kyiv condemned “human rights violations and violations of these rights as a result of the occupation of the Russian Federation” and called for a speedy withdrawal of the Russian military.

All three investigators “must collect, compare and analyze evidence of human rights violations and international humanitarian law as a result of the war, conduct future tests and identify those responsible for these violations. Responsible for their actions.”

More than 4 million people have been displaced by the war in Ukraine.

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