The UN Human Rights Council yesterday overwhelmingly approved the creation of an international commission to investigate alleged human rights violations by Russian troops in Ukraine. Having met at an extraordinary session in Geneva at the request of Kyiv, the body approved the measure with 33 votes in favor, two against – China and Eritrea – and 12 abstentions. In April, Russia’s membership in this council was suspended.
“Torture and enforced disappearances, sexual and gender-based violence, the list of Russian crimes is endless,” Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Yaparova condemned via videoconference, assuring that half a million Ukrainian civilians have been deported to Russia and are in danger, whereabouts unknown.
For her part, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said her office continues to review reports of violations, “many of which may constitute war crimes.” “The escalation of illegal executions, including summary executions, in areas north of Kyiv is shocking,” he said, indicating that he already had information on about 300 cases. In addition, Bachelet condemned the “unimaginable horrors” experienced by the residents of Mariupol.
At the same time, many ambassadors from the Council’s 47 member countries condemned the alleged atrocities committed by Russia. “Russian aggression is accompanied every day by more and more gloomy and unstable discoveries,” said French Ambassador Jérôme Bonnafon.
The adopted resolution focuses on the investigation of crimes of sexual violence and calls on Russia to provide humanitarian organizations with immediate and unrestricted access to people displaced against their will from Ukraine to Russia or to areas of Donbass that are no longer under control. Ukrainian control.
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