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52nd Session of the Human Rights Council

National Statement during the Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, 20 March 2023

Australia conveys appreciation to the Commission for its independent reports of the devastation Russia’s illegal war has brought on the civilian population of Ukraine.

This latest report is a crucial step in holding perpetrators to account.

Australia is deeply concerned by reports Russian authorities have committed violations of international humanitarian law, war crimes and violations of the right to life.

Russia’s disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks on populated areas have caused immense harm and suffering.

All levels of Ukrainian society have been affected.Older persons, children, persons with disabilities, and persons belonging to minorities, have been particularly affected.

The prevalence and brutality of torture, and sexual and gender-based violence, is horrific.

The report is a harrowing read.One can only imagine what it is like to live through these atrocities.

We condemn such violations in the strongest possible terms and welcome the International Criminal Court’s issue of an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin for war crimes relating to the deportation of Ukrainian children.

We call on all parties to respect and ensure compliance with obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

Australia urges all members of the Council to support continuation of the Commission’s mandate.

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