34th special session of the Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in Ukraine stemming from the Russian aggression.
Statement delivered by Ambassador Tine Mørch Smith,
Permanent Representative of Norway
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12 May 2022
Russia has chosen to start an unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine. Norway condemns Russia’s violations of international
humanitarian law and violations and abuses of human rights.
Norway calls on Russia to stop the deliberate targeting and
destruction of civilian infrastructure, such as homes, hospitals,
There are abundant credible reports of arbitrary executions and
torture of civilians, enforced disappearances and forced transfer of population to Russia and the use of conflict-related sexual violence as a weapon of war. Such atrocities must be investigated and those
responsible held to account.
Norway supports the work of the OHCHR. We welcome the
establishment of the Commission of Inquiry and urge all member states to ensure that it has sufficient financial resources and
Russia’s invasion will have serious effects on global food security. The war has disrupted production and chains of supply,
and this will have devastating impact on the most vulnerable
people in all regions.
This is Russia’s responsibility.
We urge Russia to stop the war. Russia must immediately,
completely, and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders.