Human Rights Committee expresses deep concern over the ongoing military invasion of the Russian Federation in Ukraine

The Human Rights Committee today expressed grave concern at the ongoing military invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, carried out in violation of fundamental United Nations principles, including the prohibition of threat or use of force.

Photini Pazartzis, Chairperson of the Committee, said that the Committee had scheduled consideration of the eighth periodic report of the Russian Federation for this afternoon and tomorrow morning. They were informed that the delegation could not travel to Geneva due to travel restrictions.

Ms. Pazartzis expressed the Committee’s extreme concern over the ongoing military invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation conducted in violation of the fundamental principles of the United Nations, including the prohibition of the threat or use of the force. The Committee recalled the preamble of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, according to which the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Ms. Pazartzis reminds the State party that it is bound by the Covenant to respect and guarantee to all individuals within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction, as well as to individuals under its effective control, the rights recognized in the Pact. The Committee urges the State party to take all necessary measures to fulfill its obligations, in particular the right to life, the supreme right from which no derogation is permitted, even in situations of armed conflict.

The Committee expects the State party to appear before it for the consideration of its eighth periodic report at the next session in July 2022, Ms. Pazartzis said.

The Committee will then meet on Monday 7 March at 10 a.m. to consider Iraq’s sixth periodic report (CCPR/C/IRQ/6).


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