Kuća ljudskih prava Zagreb pridružuje se pozivima Human Rights House Foundation na hitan prekid oružanog sukoba u Ukrajini, te na poštivanje međunarodnog humanitarnog prava i međunarodnog prava kojim se štite ljudska prava. Pridružujemo se zahtjevima međunarodnoj zajednici da aktivira sve postojeće mehanizme za zaštitu ljudskih prava te da se pruži posebna podrška onim braniteljima ljudskih prava koji su u povećanom riziku od progona od ruskih snaga, posebice novinarima, odvjetnicima i braniteljima prava marginaliziranih društvenih skupina.
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HRHF condemns the Russian attack on Ukraine and calls for immediate international support to ensure protection of human rights and human rights defenders in Ukraine
HRHF calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities, respect for international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and the strongest possible support for human rights and human rights defenders, in Ukraine by the international community.
According to multiple media reports and statements from the Ukrainian and Russian governments, Russian forces and forces loyal to Russia launched attacks against Ukraine in the early hours of Thursday, 24 February 2022. HRHF partners immediately reported bombings and other indicators of a military invasion across Ukraine. Under international law, including the Geneva conventions, these actions constitute an act of aggression and the presence of Russian troops on Ukrainian soil falls within the meaning of occupation. We condemn the attack against, and occupation of, Ukraine by Russia. HRHF calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities, respect for international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and the strongest possible support for human rights and human rights defenders (including journalists, lawyers, women human rights defenders, and those promoting the rights of other vulnerable groups, such as the LGBTQ+ community), in Ukraine by the international community.
At present, Ukraine is home to many human rights defenders, both domestic as well as those forced to flee their own countries, such as Belarus. Ukraine is also home to many internally displaced persons, including those who have previously fled occupied Crimea and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. In times of conflict, human rights defenders and their families face particular risk by occupying forces for their past work as well as their efforts to report current human rights violations. Therefore, human rights defenders and their families require particular support and that support must be mobilised immediately in order to avoid further potential humanitarian and human rights crises.
In the 80 years since the end of World War II, the international community has built a system to try and prevent war but also to address human rights and humanitarian crises in the event of war. It is imperative that this system be mobilised immediately to protect and promote human rights and human rights defenders in Ukraine. In particular, we urgently call for the following:
At the end of 2021, we published a report detailing in stark relief the human rights crisis perpetrated by Russian authorities domestically and across the region. It is high time for the international community to formally recognise this crisis, the responsibility of the Russian authorities for creating and exacerbating it, and react accordingly. In this spirit, we also call on the international community to immediately: