JST of the GoF AAU – Interactive Dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine at 54th Session of UN Human Rights Council
Delivered by Chargé d-affairs, Anne Bækkel Kjær, on behalf of the Group of Friends
25 September 2023 – Geneva, Switzerland
Mr. President, Mr Chair,
I am pleased to deliver this statement on behalf of the 'Group of Friends of Accountability following the aggression against Ukraine'.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is clear ‘No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.’
This prohibition on torture applies at all times, in all circumstances.
But while we are commemorating the 75th anniversary of the UDHR this year, countless of Ukrainians have suffered torture and other grievous acts at the hands of the Russian authorities. Depriving Ukrainians of their inherent dignity and the right to live without fear.
We say to these survivors, we see you. We stand with you.
Your report is clear. The Commission has found a widespread pattern of torture and inhuman treatment and other violations of international human rights law and
international humanitarian law committed by Russian authorities, which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Impunity for international crimes is not an option.
We will continue to seek full accountability, including accountability for the crime of aggression – mother of all international crimes. Because victims deserve justice.
We, therefore, welcome the reporting of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, the work of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine and relevant UN Special Procedure mandate holders, the investigation into the Ukraine situation by the International Criminal Court, the operationalization of the International Centre for the Prosecution of the Crime of Aggression against Ukraine, the establishment of the Register of Damage, and the work of the Core Group towards a tribunal on the crime of aggression against Ukraine.
Thank you, Mr. President.
List of members of the Group of Friends of Accountability for the Aggression against Ukraine.
- Czech Republic
- Republic of the Marshall Islands
- Kingdom of the Netherlands
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Republic of Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
- EU Delegation