War crimes have been committed in Bucha, Ukraine. The images of ordinary citizens shot to death on the street are horrifying. Reports of rape, assaults and mass-graves are difficult to comprehend. The lessons of the Holocaust speak to us now more than ever. We must motivate the international community to act. If not now, then when? Please take a moment to lend your voice to this fight by signing our petition. More importantly, send this letter to as many people as possible and lets multiply our impact. Thank you!
AGPI’s Lawyers Cabinet Urges ICC to Strengthen Investigation into War Crimes in Ukraine 04-05-22: Canada’s top global human rights NGO, The Abraham Global Peace Initiative (AGPI), in association with its Lawyers Cabinet, is launching a global call to action to motivate the International Criminal Court (ICC) to immediately step up efforts to investigate alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Bucha, Ukraine.
The organization is refusing to remain silent. It is further launching a global petition to encourage the ICC to take immediate action. “Not enough people spoke out during the Holocaust. We are calling upon the international community to strengthen its resolve against the horrific devastation now taking place in Ukraine” said AGPI’s Founder and Chairman, Avi Abraham Benlolo.
Statement By AGPI’s Lawyers Cabinet Co-Chairs, Leora Shemesh, L.L.B. and Brahm Siegel, L.L.B.
“We commend ICC Prosecutor, Karim A.A. Khan, for indicating the commencement of investigation on the 'Situation in Ukraine'. We concur that attacks intentionally directed against the civilian population is a crime. We agree with Prosecutor Khan that ‘there is no legal justification, there is no excuse, for attacks which are indiscriminate, or which are disproportionate in their effects on the civilian population’.
We further applaud the 39 ICC States Parties for opening an investigation to commence evidence collection. Nevertheless, evidence of atrocities committed in Bucha Ukraine since the prosecutor’s announcement indicate an accelerated need for the ICC to press charges, in order to prevent further atrocities."
Statement By AGPI National Board Member and former Lt. Governor of Ontario, David Onley CM O. Ont.
“There is no doubt that the media has been able to demonstrate that terrible atrocities and human rights abuses have taken place in Bucha and the rest of Ukraine and the appropriate international legal authorities must take action to hold the guilty parties responsible. Like everyone, I am absolutely horrified at the atrocities that are being committed."
Statement By AGPI’s National Board Member, The Hon. Stockwell Day, PC, ICD.D
“The ongoing, deliberate targeting of innocent civilians in the Ukraine by Russian forces is grievous to the extreme. I know from experience that the ICC takes into account the intensity with which national governments pursue this most egregious issue of war crimes. We implore our government and others around the world to join together in solidarity with the people of Ukraine to relentlessly pursue this matter all the way to the ICC. Innocent people perish as we speak. We must act now.
Statement by Raheel Raza, AGPI National Board Member and President, Muslims Facing Tomorrow
“The Russian invasion of Ukraine is fast turning into a genocide with the latest atrocities uncovered in the town of Bucha. The world needs to accelerate its efforts to stop this madness, with Canada at the forefront."
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Russia’s despicable attacks against innocent civilians in Irpin and Bucha are yet more evidence that Putin and his army are committing war crimes in Ukraine."
NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the images from Bucha are “unbearable brutality Europe has not witnessed in many decades." The “targeting and murdering of civilians is a war crime.”
President Joe Biden: “You may remember I got criticised for calling Putin a war criminal…Well, the truth of the matter – we saw it happen in Bucha – he is a war criminal." French President Emmanuel Macron said Russian authorities “must answer for crimes."
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