Ukrainian lawyers and bar associations filed a joint call to the world about genocide in Ukraine
The community of Ukrainian lawyers representing Ukrainian Bar Association, Ukrainian Association of International Law, Ukrainian Arbitration Association, Ukrainian Advocates’ Association, Jessup Ukraine, Dead Lawyers Society, Ukrainian National Insolvency Trustee Association have jointly appealed to the 152 countries, Contracting Parties of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Genocide Convention).
The call urges the international community to take immediate and decisive measures to honor their international obligations of the highest order to prevent and punish the international crime of genocide (per Article I of the Genocide Convention).
The call urges that each Contracting Party of the Genocide Convention stay true to the purpose of the Convention, comply with its international obligations, and employ all means reasonably available to it that might contribute to preventing Russia’s further genocide against Ukraine, including:
- Enhance Ukrainian defense capabilities by, among others, providing Ukraine with weapons required by the Ukrainian Armed Forces to enable Ukraine to defend itself, stop Russian terror and protect the Ukrainian people from further;
- Impose a total comprehensive unconditional embargo on Russia’s energy resources, including oil, gas, and coal;
- Intensify sanctions against Russia and Belarus.