Latvia has officially asked to join Ukraine in a criminal case against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights over Moscow’s invasion. committed by Moscow since the beginning of the war. Kyiv’s request concerns “accusations by the Ukrainian government of massive and flagrant human rights violations committed by the Russian Federation during its military operations on the territory of Ukraine since February 24, 2022,” the court said at the time. that the court accepts Riga’s request submitted on Monday, Latvia will be granted the status of a third party, specifies AFP. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement and added that this measure is used only for “very rare circumstances”. On March 15, the Latvian Security Service launched a criminal investigation into Russian war crimes in Ukraine, citing articles of the Latvian laws on war crimes and crimes against humanity, which do not have territorial limitations, AFP recalls. Upon arrival in Latvia, Ukrainian refugees are informed, that they have the right to testify about what they witnessed during the Russian invasion if their experience is relevant to the criminal investigation. In the first four months of the investigation, at least 49 refugees testified, and two citizens of Ukraine were recognized as victims. (TASR)
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