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Austria urges to punish perpetrators of sexual violence against Ukrainians

3 April, 2024 Wednesday
12:35

On April 2, at the conference "Restoring Justice for Ukraine" in The Hague, Austria emphasized the need to punish those responsible for sexual violence against Ukrainians

This was reported by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"Russia's crimes against Ukraine must not go unpunished! Secretary General Marschik reaffirmed our unwavering support to Ukraine at today's 'Restoring Justice for Ukraine' conference in The Hague," the statement reads.

It is also noted that the country will allocate EUR 100,000 to support the work of the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict in Ukraine.

On the eve of the conference in The Hague, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said that all Russian crimes in Ukraine should be investigated and the perpetrators punished, Ukrinform reports.

"Since the beginning of Putin's brutal war of aggression in Ukraine, there have been repeated shocking reports of war crimes and human rights violations by Russian soldiers, including the systematic use of sexual violence against women and girls. These heinous crimes must be fully investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice," he said.

According to him, Austria will also allocate 100 thousand euros for further training of the Ukrainian police and prosecutors under the UN project.

  • The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will cooperate in combating domestic violence. The main areas of work have been identified.
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