Amnesty deplores the “distress” caused by the allegations in its report on Ukraine

Agnès Callamard, SG d’Amnesty International. DR

Amnesty International apologized on Sunday 7 August for the “distress and anger” caused by his report accusing the Ukrainian authorities of endangering the civilian population, which angered the Ukrainian president and led to the resignation of the director of Amnesty in Ukraine.

In a report released on Thursday, the human rights organization accused Ukraine of endangering civilians by deploying troops in residential areas as part of its war against Russia.

“Amnesty International deeply regrets the distress and anger caused by our press release on the combat tactics of the Ukrainian army,” writes the NGO in an email to Reuters.

“Amnesty International’s priority in this conflict, as in any other conflict, is to ensure that civilians are protected. Indeed, this is the sole purpose of publishing this latest report. While fully maintaining our conclusions, we regret the pain caused. »

kyiv protested against the Amnesty report which, according to the country, is part of Moscow’s propaganda. President Volodymyr Zelensky strongly criticized in his daily video address, from Thursday evening, a “attempt to grant amnesty to a terrorist country” who places “the victim and the aggressor in some way on an equal footing”. He recalled that the Russian strikes destroyed nearly 200 churches and places of worship, 2,200 educational institutions and 900 hospitals and clinics.

On Friday, after having already distanced herself from the document, the director of Amnesty International in Ukraine, Oksana Pokalchuk, announced her resignation on her Facebook page, criticizing the fact that the NGO had not wished to join the team. Ukrainian in the investigation.

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