Amnesty’s Leader Accuses Russia of War Crimes in Mariupol

Amnesty's Leader Accuses Russia of War Crimes in Mariupol

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (CSU) — In the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, Amnesty International accuses Russia of committing war crimes.

Amnesty International’s Secretary-General Agnes Callamard stated at a press conference in Johannesburg that the human rights organization will soon produce an in-depth assessment of the devastation inflicted by Russia’s assault on the city on the Sea of Azov.

“According to Amnesty International’s analysis, the siege of Mariupol, the denial of humanitarian evacuation and escape for the people, and the targeting of civilians amounted to war crimes,” Callamard said. “Right now, that is Ukraine’s reality.”

“The current crisis in Ukraine, the invasion… is not just any form of international law violation,” Callamard stated. It’s a show of force. It’s a breach of the United Nations Charter, similar to the invasion of Iraq by the United States.”

In other news, Amnesty International released its annual report on Tuesday, finding that, despite the pandemic, powerful corporations and affluent countries expanded global inequality in 2021, according to Callamard.

Callamard claims that “noxious corporate greed and harsh national selfishness, as well as neglect of health and public infrastructure,” have exacerbated global inequities.

According to the findings, racial inequality was exacerbated by vaccine inequities during the epidemic. Only 8% of Africa’s 1.3 billion people were vaccinated by the end of 2021, falling far short of the WHO’s 40% immunization objective, according to the report.

“International collaboration has largely failed, despite the efforts of some countries.” According to Amnesty International’s research, “high-income countries stockpiled millions of doses more than they could utilise, allowing some countries to vaccinate their whole populations three to five times over.”

According to Amnesty International, some of the world’s largest vaccine companies, such as BioNTech, Pfizer, and Moderna, might profit more than $130 billion by 2022. It claimed that affluent nations had mainly neglected to provide debt relief to poorer countries in order to facilitate their recovery from the pandemic’s economic effects.

“There was a chance to transform healthcare delivery by leveraging massive global investment and medical advancements.” Governments all around the world, on the other hand, have failed to show leadership,” the report stated.

According to the paper, military conflicts in Africa will kill millions of civilians in 2021.

According to the group, participants in Africa’s conflicts have perpetrated war crimes and other major violations of international human rights law, including in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Ethiopia, and Mali.

According to the research, attacks on journalists, activists, and human rights defenders will continue in 2021, with some governments employing COVID-19 rules to quell demonstrations.

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