The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has decided that Russia is committing genocide forced detention and deportation of children from the occupied territories of Ukraine. Read on
The resolution on “deportations and forced transfers of Ukrainian children and other civilians to the Russian Federation or temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories calls for: create conditions for their safe return, stop these crimes and punish the perpetrators”.
87 present voted for the resolution, one representative voted against and another abstained.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe called for “immediate and urgent steps to stop these methods of illegal forced transfer and deportation, currently applied by the Russian Federation to the Ukrainian population, and which will stop, in particular, policies and practices related to the removal of children from their families or homes, as well as subsequent imposition of Russian citizenship, identity and culture”.
According to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, it is necessary to record and monitor individual cases in order to establish a mechanism for rapid correction.
There is also a need to gather evidence to bring perpetrators at all levels to justice.
The Parliamentary Assembly is also asking Russia to allow NGOs and charities access to these Ukrainian children. It also requests information on the whereabouts of these children.
In March, the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for “illegal deportations” of minors.
An arrest warrant was also issued for the Russian Commissioner for Children’s Rights Maria Ľvovová-Belovová, who allegedly has 18 adopted children, including a teenager from Mariupol.
The resolution states that Russia began removing children from the occupied territories in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine even before its invasion on February 24, 2022.
In a report from the beginning of this month, the Ukrainian government wrote that it had collected information on more than 19,000 children who were deported. (TASR)
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