In her speech at the 34th special session of the UN Human Rights Council today 12 May, Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets said Estonia denounced Russia’s war in Ukraine, as well as its deceptions, lies, misleading and distortion of truth targeting us all. She added that the full-scale and unprovoked war launched by Russia against Ukraine was in grave violation of international law and brought endless suffering to innocent people on a daily basis.
“Russia has consistently ignored the calls by the UN General Assembly, the Human Rights Council and other international bodies to end hostilities. They have also disregarded the order of the International Court of Justice to cease aggression and immediately withdraw all forces and military equipment from the territory of Ukraine,” the minister said.
Minister Liimets underlined that the General Assembly made the only possible decision in April, when it voted to suspend Russia’s membership in the Human Rights Council. “The crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine left the international community no other choice. Unfortunately, all the steps taken so far have not been enough because the humanitarian crisis and displacement continue, and the people of Ukraine are suffering terribly because of the war.”
The minister said Estonia supported national and international investigations that would be transparent, independent and prompt and would focus on all violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. “Here, the work done so far by the international independent investigative commission for Ukraine is very important. Investigations by the International Criminal court and other initiatives for investigating war crimes are equally important,” she added.
The full speech of Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council is available here.