OHCHR / UKRAINE HUMAN RIGHTS

11-Oct-2022 00:01:37
Briefing reporters on Tuesday in Geneva on the latest missile attacks in Ukraine, UN Human Rights spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani stressed that intentionally directing attacks against civilians and “civilian objects, that is, objects which are not military objectives, amount to a war crime.” OHCHR
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STORY: OHCHR / UKRAINE HUMAN RIGHTS
TRT: 01:37
SOURCE: OHCHR
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT OHCHR ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 11 OCTOBER 2022 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, exterior, flag alley, Palais de Nations
2. Wide shot, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The missile attacks by Russian armed forces yesterday, which struck cities across Ukraine, left at least 12 civilians dead and more than 100 injured in Kyiv, Dnipro, and Zaporizhzhia, and in Kyiv and Sumy regions. The location and timing of the strikes – when people were commuting to work and taking children to school – is particularly shocking.”
4. Wide shot, podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“We are gravely concerned that some of the attacks appear to have targeted critical civilian infrastructure. Many civilian objects, including dozens of residential buildings and vital civilian infrastructure – including at least 12 energy facilities – were damaged or destroyed in eight regions, indicating that these strikes may have violated the principles on the conduct of hostilities under international humanitarian law.”
6. Wide shot, podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Attacks targeting civilians and objects indispensable to the survival of civilians are prohibited under international humanitarian law. We urge the Russian Federation to refrain from further escalation and to take all feasible measures to prevent civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure.”
8. Wide shot, participants, press room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR): “We have to stress that intentionally directing attacks against civilians and civilian objects that is objects which are not military objectives, amount to a war crime.”
10. Wide shot, participants, press room
STORYLINE
Briefing reporters on Tuesday (11 Oct) in Geneva on the latest missile attacks in Ukraine, UN Human Rights spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani stressed that intentionally directing attacks against civilians and “civilian objects, that is, objects which are not military objectives, amount to a war crime.”

According to Shamdasani, the missile attacks by Russian armed forces yesterday, which struck cities across Ukraine, left at least 12 civilians dead and more than 100 injured in Kyiv, Dnipro, and Zaporizhzhia, and in Kyiv and Sumy regions.

“The location and timing of the strikes – when people were commuting to work and taking children to school – is particularly shocking,” Shamdasani said.

“We are gravely concerned that some of the attacks appear to have targeted critical civilian infrastructure. Many civilian objects, including dozens of residential buildings and vital civilian infrastructure – including at least 12 energy facilities – were damaged or destroyed in eight regions, indicating that these strikes may have violated the principles on the conduct of hostilities under international humanitarian law,” the UN Human Rights spokesperson stated.

Damage to key power stations and lines ahead of the upcoming winter raises further concerns for protecting civilians and, in particular, the impact on vulnerable populations.

“Attacks targeting civilians and objects indispensable to the survival of civilians are prohibited under international humanitarian law. We urge the Russian Federation to refrain from further escalation and to take all feasible measures to prevent civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure,” she said.

Ravina Shamdasani, in conclusion, stated that the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine would continue corroborating information on civilian casualties resulting from these attacks, as well as documenting violations of human rights and international humanitarian law throughout the country.
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