Week 3 blog post

Of the cases brought before the ICC, the conflict in Ukraine was most salient to me. The examination of the situation in Ukraine began in April 2014. It initially focused on alleged crimes against humanity committed in the context of the Maidan protests which took place in Kyiv and other regions of Ukraine between November 2013 and February 2014 including murder, torture and other inhumane acts.
The conflict started when President Viktor Yanukovych announced that Ukraine was suspending pursuit of the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement for which the country had been preparing for since 2008. The agreement would commit Ukraine to economic, judicial and financial reforms to converge its policies and legislation to those of the European Union. The announcement lead to peaceful protests at Maidan in Kyiv since the Orange Revolution. As the protests dwindled, the Berkut Special Police forcefully dispersed a few hundred student-aged protesters who remained at the square, beating some with truncheons. The public grew angry and continued to protests growing larger in numbers. They demanded the resignation of president Yanukovych. The police continued to revert to force to control the protests, however, the people still fought back. The government allegedly began paying titushkas, or agents posing as street hooligans to attack protesters, kidnap journalists and activists and to create general chaos. The police acted oblivious to these crimes.
An international court should have jurisdiction in this conflict to represent the oppressed citizens of Ukraine. President Yanukovych and his supporters are not willing to compromise with protesters. Rather than doing so, he is using his authority to assert violence and control those he presides over. An international court will not only cause the president to face the consequences of his lethal actions but help the country come to a mutual agreement that would satisfy both protesters and those in support of the president.

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