International experts to verify ‘what went wrong’ with document accusing Ukraine of violating humanitarian law
Independent experts will examine Amnesty International’s explosive report accusing the Ukrainian armed forces of violating international humanitarian law, following the negative reactions from Kyiv, with the aim of understanding “What went wrong” with the preparation of the document.
In a statement released by its German chapter on Friday, the human rights watchdog said the study of the document was “launched internationally,and examine the process by which the material was prepared and how the report was analyzed from legal and policy perspectives.
“We want to understand exactly what went wrong and why, in order to learn a lesson and improve our work in the field of human rights,“, said the organization.
Amnesty International noted that “its findings were not conveyed with the delicacy and accuracythat is expected of the organization. He also said his International Secretariat had failed to respond properly to criticism from the international community.
The report, the watchdog said, also “failed to pay due attention to Russian aggression in violation of international lawadding that Amnesty condemns Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine.
On August 4, Amnesty released a report accusing Kyiv of “a flagrant violation of international humanitarian lawclaiming that he was putting civilian lives at risk by placing his military assets near civilian infrastructure.
In 22 of the 29 schools visited by Amnesty between April and July, the human rights group said it found evidence of current or past military activity. In five places they saw Ukrainian troops using hospitals as bases. The band also said it was “not aware” whether Ukraine attempted to evacuate civilians from the areas in question.
Nevertheless, the watchdog noted that no Ukrainian troops were present in some areas where it found that Russian forces had allegedly carried out strikes on residential areas, concluding that Ukraine’s illegal military use of sites civilians does not mean “in any way justify the indiscriminate Russian attacks.”
Following kyiv’s reaction, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky criticized Amnesty for taking the side of “The Terrorists“, the organization issued an apology for its report, saying so”deeply regrets the distress and anger that our press release on the combat tactics of the Ukrainian army has caused“, while specifying that”we fully maintain our conclusions.”