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US News Amnesty International deplores "the pain caused" by its controversial relationship on Ukraine

13:02  08 august  2022
13:02  08 august  2022 Source:   lejdd.fr

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Amnesty International a dit regretter la « douleur causée » par son rapport vivement critiqué par Kiev, tout en maintenant « pleinement (ses) conclusions » sur les tactiques militaires de l’armée ukrainienne. © /AP /SIPA

Amnesty International said they regret the "pain caused" by its report strongly criticized by kyiv, while maintaining "its fully (its ) Conclusions ”on military tactics of the Ukrainian army.

The NGO wanted to explain the report which notably sparked the "anger" of the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and his government. After four months of investigation, Amnesty International had published a report on the War in Ukraine on August 4, reproaching the Ukrainian army for endangering civilians by setting up military bases and launching attacks since Populated areas, and therefore to violate international humanitarian law. kyiv had strongly challenged the file.

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Resignation of the local manager of the NGO

The Ukrainian head of state, Volodymyr Zelensky, had in return accused Amnesty International of "trying to amnist the terrorist state" of Russia, and to put "the victim and the 'Aggressor in a certain way on an equal footing ”.

The controversy had, among other things, pushed the manager of Amnesty International in Ukraine, Oksana Pokaltchouk, to resign on Saturday. According to her, the human rights association has "involuntarily published a report that seemed to support the Russian version". While the file tried to "protect civilians", it is on the contrary "become a Russian propaganda tool," she said on Facebook.


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Apologies from association

Sunday, Amnesty International apologized through a press release from which AFP echoes: "Amnesty International deeply regrets the dismay and anger that our press release on combat tactics in the 'Ukrainian army provoked. The NGO also deplored "the pain caused" by this document: "If we fully maintain our conclusions, we regret the pain caused.

She recalled that her "only objective" was to "ensure that civilians were protected" and wanted to enforce "the laws of war". Amnesty International has again written in its press release relayed by AFP: "This does not mean that Amnesty International holds the Ukrainian forces responsible for the violations committed by the Russian forces, nor that the Ukrainian army does not take the necessary precautions elsewhere in the country.

before indicating again that his report "in any way justifies the violations committed by the Russians", who are the "only responsible for violations" committed against Ukrainian civilians. Amnesty International ended up recalling that she will always take care of "the life and fundamental rights of civilians are protected during conflicts".

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