Amnesty International Blames Ukraine for Violation of International Law

Amnesty International Blames Ukraine for Violation of International Law

Amnesty International: Ukraine violates international law by placing military equipment in cities

Ukrainian forces are violating international law and military law by placing weapons in schools and hospitals in cities and putting civilians at risk, Amnesty International has said in a report.

“We have documented cases where Ukrainian forces have put civilians at risk and violated military law, when acting in populated areas… Being in a defensive position does not exempt the Ukrainian military from observing international humanitarian law,” the report quotes the organization’s secretary-general, Agn├Ęs Callamard, as saying.

The report said that Ukrainian forces were ” causing harm to civilians… by deploying weapons systems in populated areas, including schools and hospitals”. The report noted that this violates not only military law but also international humanitarian law.

Amnesty International is a non-governmental organisation. Its mission “is to conduct research and take action to prevent and eradicate gross human rights violations.

It receives funding from a number of governments and international bodies. Among them are the US State Department, the British authorities and the European Commission. According to media reports, American billionaire George Soros, through his Open Society Foundation, also allocates substantial funds to Amnesty International.

 

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