The United States Joined the Following Joint Statement at the 54th Session of the Human Rights Council
Interactive Dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine
54th Session of UN Human Rights Council
Joint Statement of the Group of Friends of Accountability Following the Aggression Against Ukraine
Delivered by the Delegation of Denmark – Chargé d’Affaires Anne Bækkel Kjær
Mr. President, Mr Chair,
I am pleased to deliver this statement on behalf of the ‘Group of Friends of Accountability following the aggression against Ukraine’.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is clear ‘No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.’
This prohibition on torture applies at all times, in all circumstances.
But even as we are commemorating the 75th anniversary of the UDHR this year, countless Ukrainians have suffered torture and other grievous acts at the hands of the Russian authorities, depriving Ukrainians of their inherent dignity and their aspiration to live free from fear.
We say to these survivors, we see you. We stand with you.
Your reporting is clear.
The Commission has found a widespread pattern of torture and inhuman treatment committed by Russian authorities, which may amount to crimes against humanity.
You have gathered evidence that a wide range of grave human rights and humanitarian law violations, many amounting to war crimes, have been committed.
Impunity for international crimes is not an option.
We will continue to seek full accountability, including for the crime of aggression. Because victims deserve justice.
We, therefore, welcome the reporting of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, the work of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine and relevant UN Special Procedure mandate holders, the investigation by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court into the Situation in Ukraine, the operationalization of the International Centre for the Prosecution of the Crime of Aggression against Ukraine, the establishment of the Register of Damage for Ukraine, and the work of the Core Group towards a tribunal on the crime of aggression against Ukraine.
Thank you, Mr. President.
Members of the Group of Friends of Accountability Following the Aggression Against Ukraine
- Czech Republic
- Republic of the Marshall Islands
- Kingdom of the Netherlands
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Republic of Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
- EU Delegation