Item 4 - Interactive dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine at 55th Session of UN Human Rights Council. JST. GoF AAU (19.03.2024)

JST of the GoF AAU – Interactive Dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine at 55th Session of UN Human Rights Council

 Delivered by TBC on behalf of the Group of Friends

18 March 2024 – 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'.

Damian Omelianenko, Mykola Maslii, Iryna Horobtsova.

These are just three of the thousands of Ukrainian civilians, yes civilians, who according to credible reports, have been unlawfully detained by Russian authorities.

As found by the Commission of Inquiry, the unlawful confinement of civilians, is a violation of their rights to liberty and security of person and is a war crime. But their detention is often only the first in a harrowing series of violations and crimes civilian detainees are subjected to at the hands of Russian authorities.   

Torture, sexual and gender-based violence, unlawful transfers and deportations, including of children. The list goes on.

Mr. Chair,

Dignity and justice must be restored for the countless victims of Russia’s aggression and those responsible must be held to account.

We, therefore, welcome the detailed reporting of the CoI, as well as the work of the HRMMU, the investigation by the ICC, the operationalization of the ICPCA, the establishment of the Register of Damage for Ukraine, and the work of the Core Group towards a tribunal on the crime of aggression against Ukraine.  

Mr. Chair,

What more can the international community do to support Damian Omelianenko, Mykola Maslii, and Iryna Horobtsova, and the identification, release and the reunification of all other Ukrainian civilians who are unlawfully detained by Russia?

Thank you, Mr. President.

List of members of the Group of Friends of Accountability for the Aggression against Ukraine.

  1. Albania
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Belgium
  5. Bosnia-Herzegovina
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Canada
  8. Colombia
  9. Croatia
  10. Cyprus
  11. Czech Republic
  12. Denmark
  13. Estonia
  14. Finland
  15. France
  16. Georgia
  17. Germany
  18. Greece
  19. Guatemala
  20. Iceland
  21. Ireland
  22. Italy
  23. Japan
  24. Latvia
  25. Liechtenstein
  26. Lithuania
  27. Luxembourg
  28. Malta
  29. Republic of the Marshall Islands
  30. Moldova
  31. Montenegro
  32. Kingdom of the Netherlands
  33. New Zealand
  34. North Macedonia
  35. Norway
  36. Poland
  37. Portugal
  38. Republic of Korea
  39. Romania
  40. Slovakia
  41. Slovenia
  42. Spain
  43. Sweden
  44. Switzerland
  45. Ukraine
  46. United Kingdom
  47. United States
  48. EU Delegation