Independent experts will check the Amnesty International report on the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and human rights activists from Ukraine will be able to participate in the study. The organization faced criticism from Kyiv, the German office urged to check “what went wrong” 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi) ” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1010xH/media/img/9/93/756604303352939.webp 1010w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 640px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 640px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >
The report of the human rights organization Amnesty International, which stated that the Armed Forces of Ukraine (UAF) violate the laws of war, will be verified by independent experts. This was reported by the German agency DPA, citing a message from Amnesty International.
The inspection has a high level of urgency, the organization noted. Amnesty International management will present a detailed report on the progress of the audit next week, the report says, and the national divisions of the organization, in particular the Ukrainian one, will also be able to contribute to the study of the report on the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The German branch of Amnesty International felt that the report's findings were not communicated with the “sensitivity and accuracy” that one would expect from the organization. The same applies to the subsequent reaction to criticism of the report, the German office of the human rights organization continued.
“We want to understand what exactly went wrong and why, in order to learn lessons and improve our work in the field of human rights,” — said in the message.
This is a report that Amnesty International published on 4 August. Human rights activists reported cases when the Armed Forces of Ukraine deployed military equipment in residential areas, schools and hospitals, which endangered the life and health of civilians. The organization gave an example: the military of Ukraine used the building of the university in Bakhmut as a military base, because of the strike on it, residential buildings located nearby were damaged. In addition, human rights activists who visited the south-east of Ukraine recorded that 22 of the 29 schools visited had Ukrainian military personnel or weapons, the report stated.
The publication of the report provoked criticism in Ukraine. The head of the Ukrainian branch, Oksana Pokalchuk, announced her departure from the organization; she called the content of the report “support for Russian narratives.” The co-founder of the Swedish division of Amnesty International, Per Vestberg, also resigned. He noted that the organization was previously engaged in the protection of prisoners, but over time “expanded its mandate.”
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Amnesty International tried to “amnesty” Russia and “put the responsibility on the victim,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to the head of his office, called for checking whether Amnesty International was benefiting from Russia. He stated that international humanitarian institutions were discredited.
Ignoring military violations by one of the parties to the conflict is contrary to “persuasive reporting”; human rights provisions, the report on the actions of the Ukrainian military does not justify the actions of Russia, emphasized in response to Amnesty International. Human rights activists rejected Kyiv's accusations that the data for the report were obtained under unsafe conditions and involuntarily. “Our researchers conducted a survey of witnesses whose testimonies we used in the territories controlled by Ukraine,” — amnesty international was assured.
The organization warned that it did not intend to revise the results of the report, noting that the sole purpose of the publication was to ensure the protection of civilians. Caused by the report “suffering and anger” cause deep regret, concluded Amnesty International.
Russia sent troops to Ukraine more than five months ago— on the night of February 24th. President Vladimir Putin justified his actions with a desire to “restore statehood” LPR and DPR, to protect the inhabitants of Donbass from the “genocide by the Kyiv regime” and the desire for “denazification” and demilitarization of a neighboring state. The Russian Ministry of Defense insists that the strikes are carried out only on the objects of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Ukraine has declared martial law and general mobilization, and also severed diplomatic relations with Russia.
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