STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEMOCRATIC LAWYERS ON THE RUSSIAN MILITARY ACTIONS IN UKRAINE
The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) issues this statement in response to the military actions taken by the Russian military against the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the grave threat to international peace and security arising from these actions. IADL was founded in 1946 with a major goal to uphold the principles of the UN Charter. IADL members and member associations span the globe. IADL members and associations have been committed to improving the lives of people around the world and work to promote peace and justice. IADL issues this statement calling on all parties to comply with their obligations under the UN Charter to peacefully settle this international dispute.
IADL recognizes that there have been many provocations from the West, including the expansion of NATO, as well as violations of the UN Charter by the United States in its invasions of Iraq, and Afghanistan etc., which IADL also protested. However, there is no legal justification under Article 51 of the UN Charter for the military actions Russia has taken against Ukraine. There being no basis to claim self-defense, the actions by the Russian military represents an illegal aggression against the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
IADL demands that all parties immediately cease military actions. IADL demands immediate negotiations to end the conflict consistent with international law and the UN Charter. Failure to do so risks massive loss of life and destruction of the country, as well as risks wider war which the UN Charter was written to prevent.