Special rapporteur on minority issues joins statement condemning invasion of Ukraine
United Nations human rights experts issue a statement calling for the end to Russian aggression in Ukraine and the urgent protection of human rights.
A group of United Nations human rights experts, including the Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Fernand de Varennes, have issued a joint statement condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine and calling for the urgent protection of human rights in the country.
The statement reads: "We are collectively outraged and distressed by the Russian Federation’s aggression on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Use of force by one State against another is fundamentally unacceptable and strikes at the very heart of the object and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations. The consequences of this military attack on the protection and promotion of human rights in Ukraine will be profound and long-lasting and will cause immense suffering and irreparable harm through human rights and humanitarian law violations, forced displacement of civilians and environmental destruction. The consequences will last for generations."
In their statement, the experts urge "the Russian Federation to observe and respect the principles of international law including the laws and customs of war related to the protection of the civilian populations, to end these hostilities immediately and unconditionally, and to restore the ability of the Ukrainian people to exercise all of their fundamental rights without military or external interference."
The full text of the statement is available on the website of the OHCHR.