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Statement of the President of the European Committee of Social Rights on the situation in Ukraine

Strasbourg 10/03/2022
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Oujhorod, Ukraine © Shutterstock

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"As President of the European Committee of Social Rights, I am deeply concerned by the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.

This is having fatal consequences in terms of the lives and human rights of the people in Ukraine, including their enjoyment of social rights as set out in the European Social Charter.

The conflict has already resulted in the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II. The basic social rights of refugees must be respected wherever they are and at all times, so as to ensure dignity for all.

When signing and ratifying the Charter, the member States of the Council of Europe agreed to guarantee to their populations the social rights protected by the Charter in order to secure and improve their standard of living and their well-being.

I would like to express my solidarity with the people in Ukraine and with those who have been forced to leave Ukraine. The aggression must cease without delay, so that work can start in order to re-establish the conditions necessary for the attainment in Ukraine of all rights and principles set out in the Charter."

Karin Lukas, President of the European Committee of Social Rights, Council of Europe

 

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