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Head Of Amnesty Ukraine Resigns Over Rights Report – IHNS

Amnesty sparked outrage in Ukraine when its report accused the military of endangering civilians.(File)


The head of Amnesty Worldwide’s Ukraine office has resigned, accusing the rights organisation of parroting Kremlin propaganda in a controversial report that criticised the war-torn nation’s military response to Russia’s invasion.

Amnesty sparked outrage in Ukraine when it launched a report on Thursday accusing the military of endangering civilians by establishing bases in schools and hospitals, and launching counterattacks from carefully populated areas.

“Ought to you don’t reside in a country invaded by occupiers who’re tearing it to objects, you perhaps don’t understand what it’s choose to sentence a navy of defenders,” Amnesty’s Oksana Pokalchuk said on social media, saying her resignation late Friday.

“And there aren’t any phrases in any language which will convey this to anyone who has not expert this ache.”

Pokalchuk said she had tried to warn Amnesty’s senior administration that the report was one-sided and didn’t accurately consider the Ukrainian place, nevertheless she was ignored.

Amnesty says it contacted defence officers in Kyiv with its findings on July 29, nevertheless had not obtained a response by the purpose of publication — nevertheless Pokalchuk argued that this wasn’t nearly ample uncover.

“Consequently, the organisation unintentionally put out an announcement that appeared like help for Russian narratives. Striving to protect civilians, this evaluation as a substitute grew to change into a tool of Russian propaganda.”

Amnesty listed incidents by which Ukrainian forces appeared to have uncovered civilians to hazard in 19 cities and villages throughout the Kharkiv, Donbas and Mykolaiv areas.

“We’ve acquired documented a pattern of Ukrainian forces putting civilians at risk and violating the authorized pointers of warfare as soon as they operate in populated areas,” Amnesty secretary frequent Agnes Callamard said.

“Being in a defensive place doesn’t exempt the Ukrainian military from respecting worldwide humanitarian laws.”

Ukraine’s authorities pushed once more onerous, with Worldwide Minister Dmytro Kuleba branding the allegations “unfair” and Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov calling the report a “perversion”.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said the rights group had tried to “amnesty the terrorist state and shift the obligation from the aggressor to the sufferer.”

“If anyone makes a report by which the sufferer and the aggressor are supposedly equal in a roundabout means, if some info in regards to the sufferer is analysed, and the aggressor’s actions on the same time is ignored, then this may’t be tolerated,” he said.

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