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Next year, it will be ten years since Russia first attacked Ukraine. The upcoming anniversary calls for an even stronger and more concerted effort to end the war of aggression.
Sanctions are a key front in the on-going war. The support Ukraine gets to fight for its freedom is important. But it is also important what Russia doesn’t get, as its military industry and armed forces remain dependent on Western technology.
This report comes out of groundbreaking research of the Norwegian risk analysis company Corisk in collaboration with my colleagues from the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and their experienced partners, the law firm Wikborg Rein and the European Consultancy Agency, Rud Pedersen.
The report shows that there is a lack of a consistent compliance culture in the sanction coalition, regarding export controls of war-relevant goods. It also suggests that the sanctions increasingly are having an effect, not least thanks to the efforts of the EU and the US.
I hope all stakeholders in the coalition states and business community will take note of the facts and recommendations presented here. Ukraine is paying the price for Russia’s aggression and destruction of the international human rights protection system.
The Russia sanctions are at bottom a human rights instrument, intended to defend international law. It is about our security – and yours. That is why we should all support, enforce and comply with them.
Head of Center for Civil Liberties, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2022