The Geneva Council an independent news organization dedicated to fostering transparency and accountability on a global scale, stands firmly behind the critical findings recently unveiled by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine. The Commission’s comprehensive report, submitted to the UN General Assembly, uncovers deeply disturbing evidence implicating Russian authorities in heinous acts, including indiscriminate attacks and shocking war crimes.
As the armed conflict in Ukraine enters its second year, the humanitarian crisis continues to escalate, exacting an immeasurable toll on affected civilians. The Commission’s report highlights the ongoing suffering and hardships faced by these innocent individuals, emphasizing the urgency of international attention and action.
The Commission’s meticulous investigations reveal that Russian authorities have been involved in a wide range of grave violations. These include indiscriminate attacks, which have caused the untimely deaths and injuries of countless civilians, as well as the destruction of essential civilian infrastructure. The devastating attack in April 2023 on a residential apartment complex in Uman, Cherkasy region, which led to the loss of 24 lives, primarily women and children, is a painful illustration of this reality. The Commission’s representatives have borne witness to the devastating human cost of this protracted conflict during their recent visit to Ukraine.
The report’s most disturbing revelations relate to the systematic use of torture by Russian authorities in various detention facilities. The victims of this appalling brutality are frequently men suspected of supporting the Ukrainian armed forces or collaborating with Ukrainian authorities. The Commission’s findings underscore the extreme brutality and a profound disregard for human dignity exhibited by Russian authorities. In some cases, torture has led to the tragic and unnecessary loss of life.
The Geneva Council condemns the inhumane treatment and the blatant violations of international law revealed in the Commission’s report. The incidents of rape, sexual violence, and additional acts of brutality further underline the urgent need for accountability and justice.
The traumatic experiences described in the report have lasting and severe consequences for the physical and mental well-being of the victims, adding to the urgency of international intervention.
Furthermore, the report discloses troubling instances in which Russian authorities have unlawfully transferred unaccompanied children from Ukraine to the Russian Federation or to regions they control within Ukraine. The Commission’s conclusion that these actions constitute illegal deportations, a war crime, raises concerns regarding the welfare of these vulnerable children.
In addition to these findings, the report touches upon cases where Ukrainian authorities are found to have violated human rights against individuals accused of collaborating with Russian authorities.
The Geneva Council pledges its unwavering support for the Independent International Commission of Inquiry’s tireless efforts to bring these egregious violations to light. We emphasize the crucial importance of accountability and justice for the victims and their families.