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“It’s been ten weeks of sheer horror for the people of my country. Ten weeks of deep suffering that affected all Ukrainian families without exception. These words were said by Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzheppar, who addressed the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council this Thursday.
At the hearing which opened the investigation into Russia’s alleged human rights violations in Ukraine, Emine Dzheppar showed video call from Kiev, a sheet of paper with a drawing in black To members of a UN body.
Today in Ukraine ????????? Deputy Foreign Minister @EmineDzheppar showed this picture of an 11-year-old boy raped by Russian troops in front of his mother.
He is still too traumatized to speak.
– UK Mission Geneve ???????? (@UKMissionGeneva) May 12, 2022
According to Emine Dzheppar, the drawing belongs to an 11-year-old boy who can only communicate through “black lines”. This is because the child was Russian forces “raped in front of his mother.”
“She lost her ability to speak after what happened to her”, reports Emine Dzheppar. The drawing the Ukrainian representative showed to the Human Rights Council was “the first one he has done with a group of psychologists trying to get him to recover.”
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At the same session, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet condemned the deaths of civilians on Ukrainian territory. “This killing of civilians seems to be intentional and run snipers and by the soldiers. Civilians will die when they cross roads or leave their shelters in search of food and water. Others will die when they try to escape with their cars, “he said.
As an example, Michelle Bachelet recalled an episode near Kiev: Russian soldiers beat the couple and their 14-year-old daughter “on the way home.” “The parents died and the child was injured.”
In addition, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights pointed out that war causes serious health problems due to lack of medical care and also the fact that people spend weeks in the basements.