The UN human rights chief said on Monday that at least 102 civilians, including seven children, had been killed in Ukraine since Russia launched son invasion five days ago, warning the true the numbers were probably way off higher.
“More of these civilians were killed by explosive weapons with wide area impact including bombardments from heavy artillery and multiple rocket launcher systems, and air strikes,” the UN High Commissioner said. for Human rights Michelle Bachelet told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, warning that the real the numbers are, I’m afraid, considerably higher.”
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says the suffering in Ukraine was very widespread.
“From millions of civilians, including vulnerable and elderly people, are forced to huddle in different forms of bomb shelters, such as subway stations, for escape explosions,” she said.
Some 422,000 Ukrainians have fled their homeland, with numerous more internally displaced, she told the Geneva forum, which had previously agreed to hold an emergency debate on Ukraine later this week.
“My thoughts go out to them and to all those across the world who suffer,” she said. ” The calls for peace and human rights that emanate from individuals all over the world to inform us which our future should not be a world who has released himself from the jointly agreed obligations of international human rights and the Universal Declaration of Human rights.”
Bachelet’s comments came to the start of the UN human rights council main annual sessionwhich started with a vote organize an emergency debate on the conflict in Ukraine later this week.
Ukraine, which had requested the debate, is expected to introduce a resolution calling for an investigation into violations of Moscow in the country.
Russia had rejected Ukraine’s request for the debate and demanded the issue be put to a vote but a large majority of all 47 council members supported Kyivla’s request.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Monday that climbing of Russia military operations in Ukraine was leading for rising human rights violations and global body watched them with teams on ground.
“Climbing of military Russian Federation operations in Ukraine is leading to the escalation of human rights violations,” said António Guterres in a speech recorded at the opening of the human rights council in Geneva. “We must show all people in Ukraine that we are at their side in their time of need.”
In the same speech, Guterres said a report to be released later on Monday by the UN panel on adaptation to climate change represented “another death death knell for the world we know”, and urged compliance with the Paris agreement of 2015.