After a long raging civil war in the eastern part of Ukraine and several failed attempts to reach peace agreements and ceasefires, yet another “Minsk Protocol” was negotiated and put into force by the signatures of the members of the contact group.
Point 5 of this agreement is both worrying and draconic:
5 Provide pardon and amnesty by way of enacting a law that forbids persecution and punishment of persons in relation to events that took place in particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine.
There is no limitation and exclusion to the kind of crimes this pardon and amnesty applies to, nor does this article accept the ruling of a court to determine to which extend this pardon and amnesty will apply to which type of crimes. So in short, it is a general pardon for all and every crimes committed within those particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. What are those particular districts? Are those the positions held by non-Kiev-loyal groups or does that include the positions and regions held by government forces and their volunteer battalions?
Anyone following the news and events in Ukraine is aware of a staggering amount of crimes of which there could not and should not be a pardon and amnesty in any way, shape or form. Crimes against humanity for which there shouldn’t even be an expiration of legal implications and consequences. Yet, this draconic protocol provides a general pardon and amnesty, in full and unrestricted!
The crimes committed in and most of all towards these particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts include but are not limited to:
– Usage of prohibited weapons.
– Targeting of civilians, noncombatants and civilian objects.
– Kidnappings, torturing and killing of civilians.
– The downing of Flight MH17 and killing the crew and passengers.
Although these crimes are duly covered by the Geneva Convention and Protocols, international treaties and United Nations Resolutions, this general pardon and amnesty makes no exception, restriction or even a framework for ruling on the applicability of this pardon and amnesty in relation to these crimes. So by its definition, it is a general pardon and amnesty, in full and unrestricted.
To all the families who have lost their loved ones in this draconic conflict, including the families of those who died in Flight MH17, I can only recommend to fight this draconic article in this draconic protocol. Fight it now! Reach out and join forces to avoid that your loved ones will be no more than bargaining points during the negotiations of this protocol. Contact me when you need guidance or support.