War in Ukraine – Nobel laureate calls for arms

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Your organization has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. But now Ukrainian human rights lawyer Oleksandra Matviychuk sees herself “in a strange situation” because of Russia’s war of aggression and is demanding weapons for her homeland.

“We need anti-aircraft systems. We need other types of military equipment to protect our airspace,” Matviychuk told AFP in Stockholm. “We must prevent further damage to critical civilian infrastructure,” she added. It is “a clear sign” that something is wrong with the “entire international system” when a human rights lawyer has to ask for anti-aircraft systems, said the 39-year-old, whose organization Center for Civil Liberties (CCL) received this year along with the Russian organization Memorial and the Belarusian politician and human rights activist Ales Byaljazki the Nobel Peace Prize.

‘International law no longer in force’
The CCL president complained that international law was no longer effective. “Now I don’t have any legal instrument that can stop Russian atrocities, because Russia is publicly ignoring international law and all decisions of international organizations,” the Ukrainian stressed.

Matviychuk wants to document every war crime
In addition to weapons, her homeland now urgently needs humanitarian aid to “get through this very harsh winter”. She herself has just been without electricity and heating in her apartment in Kiev for three days. According to Matviychuk, the CCL, founded in 2007, pursues the “ambitious goal of documenting every war crime” in Ukraine. “We now have a database of more than 24,000 war crimes,” she said.

The Nobel Peace Prize will be officially awarded on December 10 in Oslo.

Source: Krone

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