Ukraine: War Crimes

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 28th September 2022.

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Photo of Baroness Goudie Baroness Goudie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to provide practical support for the investigation of alleged war crimes in Ukraine.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK is providing assistance to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court to support its investigations and has already made a £1m voluntary contribution funded through the cross-Government Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF). This contribution will increase the OTP's collection of evidence capacity. We are also supporting the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine (OPG) to investigate war crimes committed in Ukraine through a £2.5 million support package. This is to be delivered through the Atrocity Crimes Advisory group (ACA), which was established in May in conjunction with the EU and US to support the OPG with the gathering of evidence and prosecution of war crimes. The package includes the deployment of Mobile Justice Teams to the scene of potential war crimes, training of up to 90 judges, forensic evidence gathering and support from UK experts in sexual violence in conflict.

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