The high profile nature of the arrest warrants illuminates the intensity and severity of harm children suffer, and underscores the importance of carving a path towards accountability for the girls and boys whose victimhood has so often been obscured by adult-centric understandings of situations of mass atrocity.
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After a year of war, civilians in Ukraine have suffered horrific crimes and face ongoing risks that may worsen depending on the trajectory of the conflict. A rare source of hope may be the strides being made by Ukrainian and international actors in advancing justice.
On October 11, 2022, the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide convened a private roundtable with presentations by three Ukraine experts to discuss potential scenarios of mass atrocity escalation in Ukraine and preventive options for policy makers. This blog distills key themes from the discussion.
Evidence of Russian atrocities against the Ukrainian people is mounting, with each day bringing fresh horrors. The calls for criminal accountability for the atrocities being committed in Ukraine must be met with States’ durable commitment to provide political backing, funding, and other resources needed to lay a foundation for accountability.