UN Human Rights Council Greenlights Probe into Russia’s War Crimes in Ukraine

At a special session on 12 May, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution calling for an investigation into Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine, particularly in Mariupol city.

The resolution points out “the deteriorating human rights situation in Ukraine in connection with the Russian aggression,” in particular in the light of the events in Mariupol and other Ukrainian cities and towns.

The resolution was supported by 33 countries, another 12 abstained, while only two – China and Eritrea – voted against it.

As a reminder, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine launched a Russian-language version of the online archive of Russian war crimes for the entire Russian-speaking audience around the world. The purpose of the online archive is to provide Russian-speaking people with access to verified information about the atrocities of the Russian army in Ukraine and to ensure that Russian war criminals are brought to justice.

In turn, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) almost unanimously supported a resolution calling for an investigation into the crimes of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.

Natalia Tolub

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