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Minister Švarc Pipan at a conference in Riga: "Slovenia is a determined defender of the international legal order"

At the invitation of the Latvian Minister of Justice and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Slovenia's Minister of Justice Dominika Švarc Pipan attended the Conference of Ministers of Justice of the Council of Europe in Riga. The aim of the discussion is to support the reforms of the Ukrainian justice system and the restoration of the international legal order by ensuring the full responsibility of the Russian Federation for its aggression against Ukraine.

As part of the discussion on support for the Ukrainian justice system during the war and post-war reconstruction, including the investigation of Russian war crimes, Minister Švarc Pipan stressed Slovenia's full support to all efforts of the Ukrainian authorities in investigating and prosecuting crimes committed during the war. Slovenia will continue to cooperate and provide help both at the national and EU levels, within the Council of Europe and other multilateral initiatives related to such efforts.

"Slovenia is a staunch defender of the international legal order," stressed the Minister, adding that the most appropriate way to ensure justice is to use the existing, generally recognised mechanisms of international criminal law.  At the same time, she expressed awareness that the current international framework is inadequate to punish those responsible for the crime of aggression committed against Ukraine. Slovenia therefore supports the efforts to establish a mechanism that will enable investigation, prosecution and trials for this criminal act.

Minister Švarc Pipan also invited countries to sign the recently adopted Ljubljana-Hague Convention (Convention on International Cooperation in the Investigation and Prosecution of Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes and Other International Crimes) in February next year in The Hague.

The Riga Conference ended with the adoption of a political declaration of the Ministers of Justice of the Council of Europe entitled "Towards justice for Ukraine: promoting accountability, reuniting children with their families and supporting the resilience of its justice system".

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