UN Human Rights Head receiving reports of assaults on pro-Russians in Ukraine
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says her office is receiving reports of beatings against pro-Russian people in areas controlled by Ukraine, and detentions of pro-Ukrainians in east Ukraine.
The United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet declared that her office has been receiving reports of beatings of pro-Russian people in areas under the control of pro-Ukraine forces and arbitrary detentions of pro-Ukraine activists in the Donbass region.
Bachelet called for a "peaceful end of hostilities" during the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council, and called on all parties to adopt humanitarian measures so that civilians can leave conflict areas safely.
Russia said last Wednesday that it would appeal to the UN Human Rights High Commissioner for the violations being committed against Moscow's Russian-language media.
“I have prepared appeals for UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet,” Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova said on Telegram.
Moskalkova added that “these are very skillful and worthy human rights defenders, who, I hope, will react also to violation of our journalists’ rights. Russian-language broadcasting is forbidden in almost all European Union countries, and we see how freedom of speech is trampled nowadays.”
The Human Rights Commissioner also said she would appeal for the harassment of Russian nationals living abroad with Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights.