As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accuses Russia of large-scale war crimes in Bucha, a prominent Canadian lawmaker has joined him in saying Moscow should not be allowed to sit on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). In an online statement released on Tuesday, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly accused Moscow of repeatedly committing “war crimes” on Ukrainian soil since its offensive began on February 24. the discovery of corpses of civilians in the kyiv suburb of Bucha over the weekend.
“With continued reports of heinous acts of violence and war crimes at the hands of Russian forces, Russia’s utter disregard for human rights could not be clearer,” she said in a statement. communicated on Twitter, adding that “Russia has no place in the HRC”.
Russia must be suspended from the UN Human Rights Council.
With continued reports of heinous acts of violence and war crimes at the hands of Russian forces, Russia’s utter disregard for human rights could not be clearer. Russia has no place in the HRC.
— Melanie Joly (@melaniejoly) April 5, 2022
In a separate tweet, Joly revealed that she had a conversation with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Heorhiyeuna Tsikhanouskaya, during which the two discussed tougher sanctions against the regime led by Alexander Lukashenko. “There must be tougher sanctions against the regime with no loopholes,” she said. They also discussed support for Ukrainians.
Zelenskyy says Russia ‘deliberately killed’ Bucha residents
Earlier today, the embattled President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, shared his experience during his recent visit to Bucha. Stressing that the region was not far from the capital, Kyiv, the Ukrainian president stressed that Russian troops had left no uncommitted crimes in the region. The comedian-turned-politician even claimed Russian troops “searched and deliberately killed” anyone who appeared to be working for Ukraine.
“I speak to you on behalf of the people who honor the memory of the deceased every day – those who were killed, shot in the head after being tortured. Some were shot in their streets, others been thrown into the well. So they die in pain,” Zelenskyy said.
“They were killed in their apartment, their houses blown up by grenades. Civilians were run over by tanks as they sat in their cars on the roads,” the Ukrainian president continued, adding, “Women were raped and killed in front of their children. Their tongues were pulled out because they didn’t say what the attackers wanted to hear.”
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