Polish FM alerts UN to Russian contempt for human rights in war-torn Ukraine

In an address to the United Nations, Poland’s foreign minister on Wednesday said that Russia’s authorities were showing contempt for human rights in their assault on Ukraine and its people.

Polands Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau.

Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau.Photo: EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

Addressing the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Zbigniew Rau said that Russia’s „unprecedented armed attack” on Ukraine was destroying „the foundations of the existing security architecture” and constituted a „flagrant violation of international law, including the United Nations Charter.”

He said that the horrors inflicted on Poland’s eastern neighbour „have caused death and suffering, including among civilians,” and represented a blatant „violation of international human rights.”

He added that this confirmed „the worst fears” that Russia was completely unconcerned about human rights.

Rau called on the UN Human Rights Council to deal with cases of human rights violations in Ukraine, Poland’s PAP news agency reported.

„We should also ask ourselves whether Russia should continue to be a member of the Human Rights Council,” Rau stated, as quoted by the PAP news agency.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin last Thursday announced a „special military operation” against Ukraine to eliminate what he said was a „serious threat” against his country.

Despite appeals and warnings from the international community, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of its southern neighbour by land, air and sea, the biggest attack by one state against another in Europe since World War II, the Reuters news agency reported.

Top Polish officials have condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine and vowed to support the Ukrainian people.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned this week that Russia’s war on Ukraine was causing a growing humanitarian crisis in Eastern Europe.

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Source: PAP

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