Ambassador D. Staniulis: the International Community Must Seek Full Accountability for the Atrocities in Ukraine, Committed by Russia and Its Accomplice Belarus
On 12 May, the Human Rights Council convened a special session on the deteriorating human rights situation in Ukraine stemming from the Russian aggression.
The current situation in Ukraine requires urgent attention of the international community in view of the recent reports of war crimes and large-scale violations in the town of Bucha, Borodianka, Irpin and other liberated areas of the country and ongoing reports of mass casualties in the city of Mariupol.
The Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the UN Office and other International Organisations in Geneva Ambassador Darius Stanulis in his statement condemned Russia‘s use of torture, sexual exploitation, rape and other abuses, particularly against women and children as weapons of war. Russia has forcibly deported around half a million Ukrainians, including 180 000 children. “Lithuania strongly condemns the shameful Russian disinformation campaign to hide and falsify many of these facts” – underlined the Ambassador.
As Russian aggression against Ukraine has far-reaching devastating global effects on food security, Lithuania urged Russia to unblock seaports and transport routes for grain exports and to avoid famine in other regions of the world.
Ambassador Darius Staniulis called upon the international community to seek full accountability for all human rights violations, crimes against humanity and genocide in Ukraine, committed by Russia and its accomplice Belarus.
In 2021, Lithuania was elected to the UN Human Rights Council for 2022-2024. As a member, Lithuania is committed to defending the universality of human rights, improving cooperation with other countries and the civil society, and seeking an effective response of the UN Human Rights Council to human rights violations around the world.