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Appeal of Ukrainian Legal Community to the International Bar Association (IBA), other International Professional Organizations and to Lawyers Worldwide
U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, Legal Committee
Wash, D.C., Mon, Mar 7, 2022
The entire world is witnessing in horror the full-fledged war that Russia, supported by Belarus, has launched against a peaceful and democratic Ukraine. Russians are committing unspeakable atrocities, including the mass killing of Ukrainian civilians and destroying thousands of homes and infrastructure.
They captured Chernobyl, shelled and caused fire at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, the largest nuclear power station in Europe, triggering a dire nuclear threat for the entire European continent. As of today, thousands of civilians, including children, are being killed or injured. There are over a million refugees relocating from Ukrainian regions affected by severe battles.
We, the Ukrainian legal community, demand a massive and immediate international response to stop and punish the aggressor and its supporters.
There is vast evidence indicating that the Russian army is committing brutal war crimes and crimes against humanity, violating international law. Very sadly, it is now evident that the Russian legal community supports these crimes.
We were shocked by the recent justification of war by the Russian Lawyers Association in its official statement from 28 February 2002 – https://alrf.ru/news/zayavlenie-sopredsedateley-assotsiatsii-yuristov-rossii-v-svyazi-s-provedeniem-voennoy-spetsoperatsi/ The representative authority of the Russian legal community attempted to justify the invasion of Ukraine with blatant lies (the screenshot of this statement is available, and the English translation was provided to IBA).
The Ukrainian Bar Association has reached out to hundreds of managing and senior partners of the leading Russian law firms, many of whom are members of the International Bar Association (IBA) and other international professional legal organizations. We know that they have read that message, but we received no response, no word of sympathy from any of them.
While leading Russian businessmen, tens of thousands of Russian doctors, scientists, journalists, and other professionals publicly condemned the war, the Russian legal community is supporting it. No Russian law firm or professional legal organization has condemned the war. This is clear evidence that the Russian legal community is not only complacent but is enabling crimes against the humanity their country is committing.
As legal service providers with high ethical standards, Ukrainian law firms have already ceased providing legal services to Russian clients. We welcome similar decisions already made by many law firms worldwide.
We have appealed to the IBA (International Bar Association), whose utmost goal is protecting the Rule of Law, human rights and high ethical standards, asking to: (1) publicly condemn the war and Russian atrocities in the strongest possible terms; and (2) expel their Russian members effective immediately.
We call our colleagues around the world to reach out to the leadership of IBA and other international professional organizations as soon as possible to support our appeal.
Finally, the most critical issue today is to defend Ukraine’s skies against barbaric bombings. Please support us in our appeal to Western governments to enforce no-fly zone over Ukraine! This was done by the West on several occasions in the recent history, for example in Iraq and Afghanistan, but none of these occasions were as crucial as the need for it in Ukraine today.
Please listen to our colleague, a Canadian-Ukrainian lawyer Daniel Bilak, who is in Kyiv right now https://youtu.be/U_kFD6iEYMk
Thank you for your solidarity with Ukraine!
Armen Khachaturyan, Senior Partner
Nazar Chernyavsky, Partner
Margarita Karpenko, Managing Partner
Yevheniy Deyneko, Managing Partner
Andrii Stelmashchuk, Managing partner
Oleksiy Feliv, Managing partner
Oleh Malinevskiy, Managing Partner
Volodymyr Vaschenko, Managing Partner
Irina Nazarova, Managing partner
Andrey Astapov, Managing Partner
Iryna Bilyaeva, Partner, CEO
Mariya Ortynska, Managing partner
Tetyana Gavrysh, Managing partner
Sergey Boyarchukov, Managing partner
Michael Doubinsky, Managing partner
Yaroslav Romanchuk, Managing partner
Andrii Kolupayev, Managing partner
Denys Myrgorodskiy, Managing Partner
Ernest Gramatskiy, President, PhD
Igor Kryzhanovsky, Managing partner
Volodymyr Zubar, Managing Partner
Mykola Stetsenko, Managing Partner
Oleksiy Filatov, Senior partner
Timur Bondaryev, Managing Partner
Anna Ogrenchuk, Managing Partner
Dmytro Fedoruk, Partner
Aminat Suleymanova, Managing Partner
Alexey Kot, Partner Andrey
Maryan Martynyuk, Senior Partner
Yurii Khapko, Managing Partner
Andriy Tsvyetkov, Managing Partner
Ian Levitas, Managing Partner
Shkelebey Oleksandr, Managing Partner
Nataliya Tyshchenko, Managing Partner
Arseniy Salalaiko, Partner, CEO
Ruslan Redka, Managing Partner
Mykola Kovalchuk, Managing Partner
Oleksiy Voronko, Managing Partner
Olga Solovyova, Managing Partner
Mykhailo Lytvyn, Managing Partner
Oleg Derlyuk, Managing Partner
Serhii Korniienko, Managing partner