A number of public organizations demand that the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky sign draft law #2689 on war criminals adopted by the Verkhovna Rada. The appeal from 14 organizations is published on the website of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.
“We call on the President of Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ministry of Reintegration of Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Office of the Prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol to sign a draft legislation #2689 that amends certain legal acts of Ukraine to implement norms of the international criminal law and international humanitarian law; to introduce a fair responsibility for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed on the occupied territories,” the appeal reads.
The appeal was signed by: NGO “CrimeaSOS”, Center of Civil Liberties, Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, ZMINA Human Rights Center, Regional Center for Human Rights, DIYA Human Rights Centre, Association of the Kremlin Political Prisoners’ Relatives, Human Rights House Crimea, Media Initiative Group for Human Rights, The Crimean Human Rights Group, ALMENDA Civil Education Center, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, Human Rights House in Chernihiv, Platform for Liberation of Political Prisoners.
As reported, on November 22, Zelensky was to sign or veto draft law #2689 on war criminals adopted by the Verkhovna Rada. The President's Office did not respond to a request from Radio Liberty, sent back in September, as to why the document "disappeared" after a vote in parliament.