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Human rights and the war in Ukraine. [Blog post]

Lyons, Carole



The 1940 Katyn massacre, and its unexpected confluence with contemporary European human rights standards, is evoked here so as to give some context to an overview of the human rights consequences of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. While Europe had no human rights institutions in 1940, the Council of Europe (CoE) was established a mere 9 years after Katyn, and has become the arena for the working through of both past and present day human rights breaches. The war in Ukraine has elicited wide-ranging responses in several international judicial fora. These include the International Court of Justice case, Ukraine v Russian Federation, where Ukraine alleges false allegations of genocide by Russia seeking to justify the invasion, and the International Criminal Court, which has issued two arrest warrants, including one for President Putin. Negotiations are also underway for the establishment of a new, special tribunal to deal with the crime of aggression. However, it is the CoE which has evidenced the most extensive responses to the Russian invasion.


LYONS, C. 2023. Human rights and the war in Ukraine. [Blog post]. Posted on the RGU Law School Blog [online], 19 April 2023. Available from:

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Online Publication Date Apr 19, 2023
Publication Date Apr 19, 2023
Deposit Date Apr 1, 2024
Publicly Available Date Apr 1, 2024
Publisher Robert Gordon University
Keywords Human rights; Europe; Ukraine; Russia
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