by Ciaran McGrath
Dec 15, 2022
Russian soldiers have raped children as young as four, and grandparents as old as 85, in a horrific campaign of sexual abuse since the start of Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine, campaigners have warned. And with mounting evidence suggesting troops – including registered sex offenders – are systematically using sexual violence against women, men and children in the country, a groundbreaking new project is aiming to bring those responsible to justice.
The Sexual Violence Mobile Justice Team, launched by international human rights law firm and foundation, Global Rights Compliance, consists of international and Ukrainian leading prosecutors and investigators who can be deployed rapidly through the country to assist Ukraine’s investigators and prosecutors.
They will advise and support the documentation, investigation and prosecution of rape and other horrific abuse committed by Russian soldiers.
Wayne Jordash KC, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Global Rights Compliance, explained: “Putin’s forces are committing sexual violence crimes on a widespread scale.
“The evidence shows that Russian commanders are acquiescing, encouraging, and even ordering these sexual violence crimes.”