The head of the Ukrainian office of Amnesty resigned because of the report on the Armed Forces of Ukraine

GThe lava of the Ukrainian office of Amnesty International Pokalchuk quit because of the report on the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The human rights organization published a report in which it accused Kiev of violating humanitarian law due to the deployment of military equipment in schools and hospitals. Pokalchuk accused her organization of bureaucracy and a “language barrier”

The head of the Ukrainian office of Amnesty resigned because of the report on the Ukrainian Armed Forces

Oksana Pokalchuk

Oksana Pokalchuk, director of the Ukrainian office of the human rights organization Amnesty International, announced her dismissal after the organization’s report, in which Ukraine was accused of violating humanitarian law and the rules of warfare. Pokalchuk wrote about this on Facebook (owned by Meta, which is recognized as an extremist organization in Russia and banned).

“Even yesterday I had a naive hope that I could fix everything. That we will hold at least 200 meetings and still explain, reach out, convey our opinion. And the text will be deleted, and another one will appear instead. Today I realized that this will not happen,” she wrote.

Pokalchuk said that she worked for Amnesty International for seven years. She noted that she considers it important that such reports contain information about both sides of the conflict, and in this case, the position of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. According to her, Amnesty International employees appealed to the military department, but gave “too little time to respond”. “As a result, albeit reluctantly, the organization created material that sounded like support for Russian narratives,” added Pokalchuk.

On August 4, Amnesty International published a report in which it noted that the Ukrainian military is deploying military equipment and weapons in schools, hospitals and residential areas, turning them into military targets. By their actions, they endanger the lives of civilians, thereby violating international humanitarian law and the laws of warfare, human rights activists concluded.

After that, the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, said that the human rights organization “is trying to amnesty” Russia and “shift responsibility to the victim”.

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The Russian Embassy in the United States, in turn, positively assessed the report and noted that it should help the audience to draw the right conclusions.

The Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly accused the Ukrainian military of using residential and social facilities to house troops and equipment. On August 4, the department cited examples and stated that the APU used for this purpose a school in Novaya Vodolaga, Kharkiv region, the premises of a technical school in Slavyansk, the DPR, a children’s music school in Varvarovka, Mykolaiv region, private houses in Seversk and Soledar, the DPR.

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