U.S. says Russians Have Committed Crimes Against Humanity

Secretary of state and ambassador for global criminal justice speak about the actions of Russian forces.

Ambassador-at-large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack spoke last week about Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s decision to designate certain actions of the Russian Army as crimes against humanity.

The label of crimes against humanity was made a part of international law in the wake of the Second World War to accurately describe the horrific acts of the Nazis. Its use is only reserved for particularly egregious actions that are repeated as “a widespread or systemic attack against a civilian population.”

Due to multiple reports of Russian forces torturing, raping, deporting, and executing Ukrainian men, women, and children, President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Secretary Blinken have labeled these actions crimes against humanity.

“These acts are not random or spontaneous; they are part of the Kremlin’s widespread and systematic attack against Ukraine’s civilian population.” Secretary Blinken stated following the designation.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for the president and his administration as they respond to intelligence and reports on the war in Ukraine.
  • For the secretary of state to seek God’s discernment as he represents the United States to other nations.
  • For the people of Ukraine as they endure the conflict and loss.

Sources: State Department


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