Ireland is among several countries supporting a Ukrainian call for the UN to investigate alleged Russian human rights abuses in Ukraine.
A special session of the UN Human Rights Council was called for Thursday morning after Ireland, along with 15 other councillors, supported Ukraine’s request for a special session amid “the deteriorating human rights situation in Ukraine as a result of Russian aggression”.
A total of 52 UN member states supported Ukraine’s request, which is “another strong message to Putin and his war criminal gang,” said Yevheniia Filipenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United Nations.
“They are isolated like never before,” Ms. Filipenko told Vladimir Putin in an announcement on Twitter.
“We want the UN to take practical steps to address Russia’s human rights abuses in Ukraine and the war crimes it commits against our people every day.
“This is also an opportunity for the international community to focus on the situation in Mariupol, as well as the forced displacement of our population and other violations and abuses against innocent Ukrainian civilians.
“We will not rest until we ensure that those who commit these crimes are held accountable,” Ms. Filipenko said.
The Russian Federation was a member of the UN Human Rights Council until April 7, when they were suspended after a vote in the General Assembly. Russia immediately withdrew from the council, claiming it had been monopolized by a group of states using it for their “short-term goals.”
Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney, who visited a mass grave in Bucha outside Kyiv in recent weeks, said many of the dead showed signs of torture and the majority were civilians.
He described the visit to the mass grave as “harrowing,” and when recently asked on Newstalk whether Russia had committed war crimes in Ukraine, he said, “I have no doubt.”
“But that’s not up to a politician. It’s up to prosecutors to do the diligent work of assembling the evidence,” he said.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/ireland-backs-ukrainian-call-for-un-probe-into-russian-human-rights-abuses-41632303.html Ireland supports Ukrainian call for UN probe into Russian human rights abuses