Recently, the international human rights agency WEST SUPPORT held a series of consultations with Ambassador Clint Williamson, Ambassador Kurt Volker, and Ambassador Pierre Prosper in Washington D.C. The main topic of discussion was how Ukrainian victims of military crimes committed by the Russian army can obtain compensation through the seizure of Russian assets in the United States.
To address the issue of compensation for victims of these crimes, WEST SUPPORT has been advocating for the seizure of Russian assets in the United States. This approach is based on the principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows states to prosecute individuals for crimes committed outside their own borders. In this case, the assets of Russian officials and oligarchs could be seized as compensation for the victims of their crimes.
During the consultations with the ambassadors, WEST SUPPORT discussed the legal and practical aspects of this approach. The ambassadors expressed their support for the idea and pledged to work with WEST SUPPORT to explore ways to implement it. They also emphasized the need for a coordinated approach among different countries to ensure the effectiveness of such actions.
The discussions were an important step towards obtaining justice for the victims of the conflict in Ukraine. The seizure of assets is not only a means of providing compensation but also a form of accountability for those responsible for these crimes. It sends a message that such actions will not go unpunished and serves as a deterrent to future perpetrators.
In conclusion, the consultations between WEST SUPPORT and the ambassadors were a significant development in the quest for justice for the victims of the conflict in Ukraine. The seizure of Russian assets in the United States as a form of compensation is a promising approach, and it is important that all relevant parties work together to ensure its success.