Human Rights Council 49th Session.
Item 10 Interactive dialogue on the High Commissioner's oral report on Ukraine
Statement delivered by Ambassador Tine Mørch Smith, Permanent Representative of Norway
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30 March 2022
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with the assistance of Belarus is an unprovoked and illegal attack on a peaceful neighbour. It is a clear and unacceptable violation of international law.
Norway condemns Russia’s brutal attack on Ukraine in the strongest possible terms. Russia’s aggressive actions are a clear violation of Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
Russia’s military aggression is leading to widespread human rights violations. Indiscriminate shelling of populated areas as well as targeted attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure are causing death, suffering and destruction.
Journalists and human rights activists have been detained in regions under the control of Russian forces. Seven journalists have been killed during the war. The safety of journalists must be respected. High Commissioner, how can the safety of journalists be further strengthened? The abductions of elected officials by Russian forces must also come to an end.
Mr. President, Norway welcomes the appointment of the international commission of inquiry earlier today. It should start its work as soon as possible. Documentation and evidence are important for possible legal proceedings in the future. Those responsible for human rights violations must be held accountable.
Norway reiterates its call on Russia to end its war against Ukraine and withdraw all troops immediately.