War in Ukraine

The Commissioner and her Office have been actively engaged in the response to the human rights consequences of the war in Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict. This engagement has so far involved, among other things: a 4-day visit to Kyiv, including a field visit in the region, in May 2022; a series of monitoring missions carried out in March 2022 to countries receiving people fleeing Ukraine (Republic of Moldova, Poland, Hungary, Romania, the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic); as well as direct exchanges with human rights defenders in Ukraine, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, representatives of the Parliament of Ukraine, and Ukraine’s Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, the Office of the ICC Prosecutor, and international organisations and non-governmental organisations. Several statements were also published on specific human rights issues and the situation of particularly vulnerable persons. The Commissioner will continue to use her mandate to address the human rights violations resulting from the war in Ukraine.

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Statement

LGBTI people affected by the war in Ukraine need protection

17/05/2022 Strasbourg

“On the occasion of this year’s International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, I call on all member states to pay attention to the situation of LGBTI people who are either still in Ukraine or are fleeing the war, so that their vulnerability and needs are fully taken into account...

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Country visit

Visit to Ukraine: Commissioner Mijatović calls for continuous support and justice for victims of the war

07/05/2022 Strasbourg/Kyiv

“The extent and gravity of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that have taken place as a result of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine are staggering. Providing redress and support for victims and their families and delivering justice will be an...

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Human Rights Comment

Not a target – the need to reinforce the safety of journalists covering conflicts

02/05/2020 Strasbourg

There are many areas around the world, particularly in conflict or post-conflict zones, where it is dangerous, even life-threatening, to practice journalism. The war in Ukraine provides yet another tragic illustration of the vulnerability of journalists in conflict situations. While it is...

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Statement

People in the besieged city of Mariupol must urgently be protected from harm

20/04/2022 Strasbourg

As the fighting around the besieged steel plant in the ruined city of Mariupol intensifies, there is growing uncertainty and concern about the life and human rights of those who still remain in the areas under siege. Many civilians, among them women, children and older persons, reportedly still...

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Statement

Kramatorsk: Those responsible for the terrible loss of civilian life must be held accountable

08/04/2022 Rome

For dozens of civilians who waited at the railway station in Kramatorsk this morning, hoping to evacuate from areas at risk of attacks by the Russian forces, the journey to safety ended in a bloodbath as the station’s grounds were struck by ballistic missiles. Hundreds more were reportedly...

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Statement on International Roma Day

Let us fight discrimination and prejudices against Roma fleeing the war in Ukraine

07/04/2022 Strasbourg

Ahead of International Roma Day, my thoughts are with Ukrainian Roma who not only suffer from the consequences of the horrific war in Ukraine but also often face discrimination and prejudices in Europe when fleeing Ukraine. In these difficult times, it is even more important to protect Roma and...

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Statement

Justice needed for residents of Bucha and all other victims of the war in Ukraine

06/04/2022 Strasbourg

The images of lifeless bodies of civilians, brutally killed in Bucha, render speechless. They provide a haunting illustration to shocking reports of violations of human rights and breaches of international humanitarian law, such as summary executions, abductions, torture, sexual violence, and...

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Statement

Life-saving humanitarian and medical aid should immediately be allowed to reach the residents of Mariupol

28/03/2022 Strasbourg

The image of besieged Mariupol that emerges from reports and survivors’ testimonies is one of unspeakable human suffering as a result of serious human rights violations committed there on a daily basis. Thousands of residents of the city are increasingly desperate as drinking water, food, and...

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Missions to the Czech Republic, Hungary Poland, Romania and Slovakia

Commissioner urges more coordinated efforts by all member states to meet the humanitarian needs and protect the human rights of people fleeing the war in Ukraine

24/03/2022 Strasbourg

“All member states should strengthen their efforts to coordinate – both at domestic and European levels – and scale up support for the response to the humanitarian and human rights needs of people fleeing the war in Ukraine. Medium and long-term planning is urgently needed to ensure...

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Statement

Commissioner’s further steps on the human rights consequences of the war in Ukraine

15/03/2022 Strasbourg

Commissioner Mijatović and her team will visit the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Romania from 16 to 22 March 2022 to focus on efforts made in assisting people fleeing the war in Ukraine and assessing their human rights needs. At the end of those missions, the...

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Mission to the Republic of Moldova

More support urgently needed to assist people fleeing the war in Ukraine and countries of arrival, in particular the Republic of Moldova

09/03/2022 Chisinau/Strasbourg

“Beyond the prompt humanitarian response already provided by European states to people fleeing the war in Ukraine, more support is urgently needed to protect their human rights and to support countries of arrival, in particular the Republic of Moldova”, said today the Council of Europe...

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Statement

Russian authorities should stop the unprecedented crackdown on freedoms of expression, assembly and association in the country

07/03/2022 Chisinau

Russia's military attack against Ukraine has lasted for almost 12 days now, causing death and destruction. It is also leading to a large-scale repression of freedoms in the Russian Federation. Since the war began, more than 13 000 people, including children and elderly people, have been arrested...

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Statement

On International Women’s Day, let us stand with Ukrainian women and girls

07/03/2022 Chisinau

“Ahead of International Women’s Day, my sympathy and profound solidarity go to Ukrainian women and girls who are caught up in a war waged with total disregard for human life and dignity. I pay my deepest respects to those of them who have been killed, and my thoughts are with those who have been...

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Statement

The killing and suffering of people in Ukraine has to stop now

01/03/2022 Strasbourg

“For the sixth day now, Russia's military attack against Ukraine has continued to sow death and destruction in the heart of Europe. In just a few days, the war has led to the death or injury of hundreds of people, including many children. The latest shelling of the city of Kharkiv has laid bare...

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Statement

Commissioner for Human Rights’ statement on the situation in Ukraine

24/02/2022 Strasbourg

What had seemed unthinkable in Europe in the 21st century has just happened. Our continent is today once more being drawn into an armed conflict. The Russian military attack on Ukraine has already resulted in the loss of human life and dire human suffering. It exposes millions of people in...

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