UN rights commissioner criticizes Russia over failure to guard civilians in Ukraine – JURIST


UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk said Tuesday that there had been an “intensive failure” by Russia to guard the protection and human rights of civilians in Ukraine.

Türk’s remarks got here throughout a speech at an ‘interactive dialogue’ hosted by the UN OHCHR. The excessive commissioner largely referenced an OHCHR report entitled “Situation on human rights in Ukraine: 1 August to 30 November 2023.” The report mentions that almost one in 4 Ukrainian civilian casualties are as a consequence of ranged attacks, equivalent to missile strikes, and happen away from the entrance line. The report additionally talked about an almost 50 % lower in civilian casualties in comparison with the identical interval in 2022.

Türk condemned Russian targeting of civilian infrastructure; arbitrary detentions and torture; and enforced disappearances of native officers, journalists, civil society activists, and different civilians. Turk mentioned these practices “should finish instantly.” The commissioner additionally expressed concern in regards to the ongoing occupation of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Energy Plant.

Türk spoke briefly about Ukraine’s human rights report through the struggle, saying:

I observe additionally my considerations relating to freedom of faith and perception in Ukraine, given persevering with motion by the authorities towards the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. A draft regulation would set out a process for dissolving any non secular group with ties to the Russian Federation. These proposed restrictions to the correct to freedom of faith don’t seem to adjust to worldwide human rights regulation.

Türk argued that “there is just one resolution to this tragic and far-reaching battle: a simply peace.” He mentioned such a peace should be in accordance with worldwide regulation, equivalent to UN resolutions condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine and ICJ orders demanding the tip of Russia’s army operations within the nation. Ukraine not too long ago criticized Russia’s resolution to carry Russian presidential elections in occupied territory.

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