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    “Russia does not care about human rights” and spread “horror” in Ukraine

    – The horror inflicted on my country’s neighbours has already caused death and suffering, also among civilians, and represents the most reprehensible level of human rights violations,” said the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zbigniew Rau, on Wednesday in Geneva during the 49th Council meeting.

    The politician began his speech by “denouncing in the strongest possible terms the Russian military aggression against Ukraine that had begun last week.”

     

    “This unprecedented armed attack destroys foundations of existing security architecture and constitutes a flagrant violation of iternational law, incl. the UN Charter. The horror inflicted on my country’s neighbours has already caused death and suffering, also among civilians, and represents the most despicable level of human rights violations. This confirms our fear that Russia does not care about human rights,” said the head of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    “The Russian authorities have contempt for human rights. This contempt was poured out upon the Ukrainian people. We call on every member and observer of the Human Rights Council to recognize the violation of those rights by Russia. Poland welcomes the Council’s decision to hold an urgent debate on the situation in Ukraine as a result of Russian aggression,” he added.

     

    Zbigniew Rau also thanked the members of the Human Rights Council who had supported the proposal for a debate on the situation in Ukraine. He added that the countries in this body should consider whether Russia should continue to be a member of the body.

     

    “The Council should refer to human rights violations. We should also ask ourselves whether Russia should be a member of the Human Rights Council,” he said.

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