The US State Department will help Ukrainians study international law — including suing Russia for allegedly violating human rights on the territory of Ukraine. They are ready to allocate up to $ 2.5 million for this, according to the website with US government grants.
The grant description states that the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice (J/GCJ), from which the grant is claimed, strives to prevent violent crimes, mitigate their harmful effects, and end the impunity of criminals to instill respect for human dignity and stability around the world.
The program is valid for two countries: Ukraine and South Sudan. In each of the directions, the winner will receive money to contribute to the tasks of J/GCJ — “develop potential” international law, human rights, criminal and humanitarian law, as well as training programs on the investigation and prosecution of serious international crimes.”
It also says that Russia is responsible for the Donbas conflict in Ukraine, which has claimed the lives of more than 13 thousand people, and the Russian state is “illegally occupying” Crimea. The Russian side, as indicated in the application, is constantly violating the truce, as well as human rights violations, including illegal reprisals, torture, and kidnappings. In particular, it is planned to issue a grant to change this situation.
Earlier, on June 21, it became known that the European Union extended sanctions against Crimea for another year. They relate to some economic sectors of the peninsula, they are extended annually since 2014.