Former President Mary Robinson has called for an end to “with impunity” violence following the alleged human rights abuses that have taken place in parts of the country Ukraine recently.
s Robinson described what is happening in Ukraine as “the nature of war crimes” and “crimes against humanity”.
The former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said the crimes needed to be proven with “very strong evidence” and the work had to start now.
“I understand how to secure the site, get as many reports as possible, direct contact and then forensic investigation; All of this has to happen,” she said.
“The International Criminal Court is now dealing with the matter. The prosecutor agreed. It was backed by 39 countries, including Ireland, that they will investigate possible evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
“Crimes against humanity are more than a single war crime, which involve murder, torturing or raping civilians during war, violating the laws of war, or taking hostages.
“But the crimes against humanity are specific acts committed intentionally as part of a widespread systematic policy directed against civilians, and I think Mariupol is a prime example of that.”
Speaking of RTÉ News at OneMs Robinson said the siege of Mariupol and the blocking of aid organizations from entering the city both must be documented as war crimes and crimes against humanity.
It comes as the justice and human rights group known as The Elders called for the creation of a tribunal to prosecute President Putin for “a potential crime of aggression,” according to Ms Robinson.
She said the crime exists under the Rome Statute but a special tribunal would be needed to move forward with the case.
Referring to yesterday’s “now or never” warning from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Ms Robinson said scientists had “done their job” by showing the world could be saved and now governments and businesses are doing the necessary would have to implement changes.
“Each sector has options available that halve emissions by 2030,” she said.
“The costs of sun and wind have fallen enormously. Solar by 85 percent, electric cars are being launched 100 times more often than they used to, and diet makes a big difference.
“It’s a feasible situation where we need to reduce emissions by 43 percent over the next eight years. We are increasing them at the moment.”
Ms Robinsons said it was “moonshot time,” referring to John F. Kennedy’s declaration that America would one day put a man on the moon.
She said the same kind of ambition is needed to tackle the climate crisis and countries like Ireland should aim to increase their existing commitment to clean energy “sixfold”.
Ms Robinson said despite the rising cost of fossil fuels, it is important to keep the proposed carbon tax as its earmarked funding will help support people looking to retrofit their homes.
“We have to spend our children’s money in the crisis we are in… We are spending our children’s money because otherwise they have no future worth living.
“We should never waste a crisis because it is an opportunity and the opportunity is fossil fuels fueling war, we know that. We pay Russia billions from the oil and gas they supply to continue the war.
“We must phase out fossil fuels, but we must do so without completely impacting people’s lives. So in the short term we need to get oil and gas from somewhere else, but in very different ways, and then get out of fossil fuels,” she added.
https://www.independent.ie/news/mary-robinson-calls-for-end-to-violent-acts-of-impunity-and-war-crimes-in-ukraine-41522659.html Mary Robinson calls for an end to “unpunished” violence and war crimes in Ukraine