Human rights conference highlights Russia’s abuses in Ukraine

The U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (USOSCE) co-hosted a panel discussion at the Warsaw Human Dimension Conference, Sept. 27, on Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and the need to promote accountability. Representatives from the European Union Mission, its member states, and the United Kingdom co-sponsored the event. Panelists outlined Russia’s systematic and widespread acts of violence in occupied areas of Ukraine, highlighting the ongoing need to address Russia’s so-called filtration centers as part of accountability efforts. USOSCE Ambassador Dr. Michael Carpenter (at panel table, third from left) detailed how Russia’s actions were an attack on the international human rights regime, urging the use of all tools necessary to hold Russia accountable. Moving forward with accountability efforts now is essential to avoid Russian impunity. He added that additional work is needed to better understand how Russia has purposefully undermined the international human rights regime.

Photo and video by Mahvish S. Khan

Watch Ambassador Dr. Michael Carpenter explain the importance of hosting a human dimension conference in the OSCE region despite Russian obstructionism. 
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