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Dmytro Kuleba called on the UN Human Rights Council to make every effort to hold Russia accountable for its crime against Ukraine and Ukrainian people
27 February 2024 17:54

On Tuesday, February 27, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba took part in the High-level Segment of the UN Human Rights Council’s 55th session and addressed the audience in a video message.

The Foreign Minister reminded the UN member states’ high-ranking officials that since the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea, Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars have been unacceptably persecuted, pressured and their rights have been severely violated. He said that the full-scale invasion of February 24, 2022, was only the culmination of the decade-long Russian aggression against Ukraine.

The Minister stressed also that all those who resist the Russian occupation continue to be targets, as it outlined in a most recent judgement of the International Court of Justice.

Dmytro Kuleba pointed out that Russian control over Crimea poses a threat to the entire Black Sea region and once again drew attention to serious human rights violations in all temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories, including the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.

“The kidnapping of children is the most horrific crime committed by Russia during this war. All those involved in this genocidal policy must be held accountable”, emphasized the Ukrainian diplomat.

The Minister noted that the establishment of the Independent International Commission on Inquiry in Ukraine was a decisive and timely response of the UN Human Rights Council to Russian aggression and a crucial step towards properly documenting all gross human rights violations, war crimes, and crimes against humanity committed by Russia in Ukraine. He called on the Council to extend the Commission’s mandate for another year.

Dmytro Kuleba reaffirmed Ukraine's aspiration to establish a Special Tribunal for the crime of aggression against Ukraine and an international mechanism for compensation for victims of Russian aggression.

“I urge you to join us in making every effort to hold Russia accountable for its crime against Ukraine and the Ukrainian people”, emphasized Dmytro Kuleba.

Minister also called for consolidated international support for President Zelenskyy’s Peace Formula, which remains “the only realistic plan for achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine," as well as support for the upcoming inaugural Global Peace Summit.

“We call on the UN Member States to join international efforts to put these principles into action with a goal to create a world where use of force will be inconceivable and human rights and human dignity are paramount”, - said Dmytro Kuleba.

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