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Ukrainian Serviceman tortured by Russian invaders – Ombudsman declares war crime

Friday, 29 July 2022, 12:19
Ukrainian Serviceman tortured by Russian invaders – Ombudsman declares war crime

Dmytro Lubinets, Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian Parliament – ed.] Commissioner for Human Rights, states he has applied to the Prosecutor General's Office, and is preparing a report to the UN, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and the International Red Cross regarding the video of torture of the Ukrainian Armed Forces released by Russians.

Source: Ukraine’s Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets

Quote: "As the Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian Parliament] Commissioner for Human Rights, I have applied to the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine to verify the facts and to record a war crime and a violation of the norms of the Geneva Convention. 

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Also today, we are preparing a message to the UN Committee against Torture, as well as to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) to organise an urgent visit to the Russian Federation and the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.

 We will hold consultations with the International Committee of the Red Cross again to increase the pressure by the countries from around the world on the Russian side to fulfil its obligations regarding prisoners of war and to allow access of ICRC representatives to the POW to assess their health and conditions of detention."

Details: Lubinets stressed that torture is a crime and there is no justification for it. In addition, the actions of the Russian military are a war crime according to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Those who perform torture and thier commanders should be held accountable for it.

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The Ombudsman has pledged to make every effort to help the investigation, as well as to counter similar crimes in the future.

According to information from Ukrainska Pravda, The prosecutor general's office will register proceedings in this case under the Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine as soon as possible. 

Background: The day before a video appeared on social media in which a Russian soldier tortures a Ukrainian prisoner of war - he castrates him with a craft knife.

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