The Republic of Moldova is set to sign the Ljubljana-Hague Convention on international cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and other international crimes. The Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Policy and European Integration has approved the consultative opinion in support of this significant step.
The convention is designed to bolster the enforcement of international law by establishing a framework for collaboration among signatory parties. It will facilitate cooperation in various crucial areas, including the collection and sharing of evidence, joint investigative efforts, extradition procedures for suspects and convicted individuals and safeguarding the rights of victims and witnesses. Once signed and ratified by the Parliament, the Republic of Moldova will benefit from a modern, unified legal instrument that enhances international cooperation in criminal matters, streamlining the process of requesting and providing international legal assistance.
The draft Ljubljana-Hague Convention was adopted last year in May, following nearly a decade of negotiations involving delegations from 68 countries. The Convention is scheduled to be open for signature starting February 14, 2024, marking a significant milestone in international efforts to combat heinous crimes and uphold justice.