Breaking News

The potential abuse of POWs would be a war crime, says Human Rights Watch

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

In response to a video shared online that appeared to show Ukrainian fighters shooting POWs Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) has issued a statement:

“Ukraine should ensure an effective investigation into alleged abuse by Ukrainian fighters of Russian prisoners of war (“POWs”). If confirmed, the beating and shooting of captured combatants in their legs would constitute a war crime, and Ukraine needs to demonstrate that it is able and willing to prevent and punish serious violations of international humanitarian law.”


Let’s not lose touch…Your Government and Big Tech are actively trying to censor the information reported by The Exposé to serve their own needs. Subscribe now to make sure you receive the latest uncensored news in your inbox…


Follow The Exposé’s Official Channel on Telegram here
Join the conversation in our Telegram Discussion Group here


“All the information in the videos that suggests abuse, and maybe worse, of POWs needs to be subject to an effective investigation,” said Aisling Reidy, senior legal advisor at HRW. “It should be possible to verify if abuse took place, and from there to hold those responsible to account.”

Videos posted online early on 27 March 2022 appeared to show Ukrainian forces abusing captured Russian fighters or combatants, who have prisoner of war status, including shooting three of them in the leg.  The video location was identified as a dairy farm in the village of Malaya Rohan, about 18 kilometers east of the center of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. Ukrainian officials had announced retaking Kharkiv two days earlier.

On 28 March, the Ukrainian journalist Yuri Butusov, editor of Censor.net, posted a video from the same dairy farm that he said he recorded a few hours after fighting in the area had ceased. It shows the badly burned remains of three people who were wearing what he thought were Russian uniforms.

In the video, also reported on by The Intercept, some of the buildings at the farm are damaged by explosions or fire. Those buildings did not appear to be damaged in the video that seemed to show the POWs being abused. How the people were killed and the bodies were burned, and if they are the same men as in the earlier videos, is not yet known.

The Third Geneva Convention governs the treatment of prisoners of war, effective from the moment of capture. This includes obligations to treat them humanely at all times. It is a war crime to wilfully kill, mistreat, or torture POWs, or to wilfully cause great suffering, or serious injury to body or health. No torture or other form of coercion may be inflicted on POWs to obtain from them any type of information.

The International Criminal Court (“ICC”) prosecutor has opened an investigation into potential serious war crimes in the conflict in Ukraine, which would include war crimes against Russian prisoners of war. Under the principle of complementarity, the ICC can exercise its jurisdiction to prosecute crimes if the Ukrainian authorities are unable or unwilling to carry out their own effective domestic proceedings.

“The potential abuse of POWs would be a war crime that requires effective investigation and, if proved true, prosecution and punishment by Ukraine,” Reidy said. “Protection of POWs from all parties to the conflict and by all parties to the conflict is fundamental to the laws of war.”

Read the full statement: Ukraine, Apparent POW Abuse Would Be War Crime, Human Rights Watch, 31 March 2022

Share this page to Telegram

Categories: Breaking News, World News

Tagged as:

5 1 vote
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

12 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
raj patel
raj patel
5 months ago

“The Laws of War” – now, there is an oxymoron – like “Social Distancing” or “Democratic Government”.

trackback
5 months ago

[…]   The potential abuse of POWs would be a war crime, says Human Rights Watch   BY RHODA […]

trackback
5 months ago

[…] April 5, 2022The potential abuse of POWs would be a war crime, says Human Rights Watch […]

trackback
5 months ago

[…] April 5, 2022The potential abuse of POWs would be a war crime, says Human Rights Watch […]

trackback
5 months ago

[…] – The potential abuse of POWs would be a war crime, says Human Rights Watch […]

trackback
5 months ago

[…] Read More: The potential abuse of POWs would be a war crime, says Human Rights Watch […]

trackback
5 months ago

[…] April 5, 2022The potential abuse of POWs would be a war crime, says Human Rights Watch […]

Voron
Voron
5 months ago

For 8 years Ukraine has been shelling its own peoples in the Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Lugansk. The death toll is around 15k give or take and includes 200 children in the city of Donetsk. There were in 2016 around 2000 orphans in the region. These are war crimes, but as the West sponsored these crimes the perpetrators will never be bought to justice. At the time I could not believe that Western journalism did not ever cover this, or if it did it just brushed over it. It never covered the two major battles of Saur Mogila or Debaltsevo, where the Ukrainian army was soundly beaten by the militia. Russia is always accused by the West as being the opponent of the Ukrainian army, but this just was not the case. The majority of the citizens of the Donbass that had lived under the Soviet Union had undergone military service st some point. In the beginning, old WW2 tanks were taken from their pedestals in Donetsk and prepared for war, to repel the Ukrainian army. Later outside of Donetsk a repository of more than 400 ex Soviet tanks that had lain abandoned since the collapse of the Soviet Union were recommissioned. Later still after the two battles above, captured modern Ukrainian tanks and supplies to the DPR and LPR inventory…. This is how the Western ideology of America was repelled. But we must not lose track of the reason behind all of this which was intended in 2014 to bring Russia into conflict with NATO and the West. This did not happen; the Donbass rose up and fought off this attack, but at great price. It then was very beneficial for Russia to use the donbass as a buffer between east and west. Like him or hate him Trump kept peace and very few died in that four years. Biden was known in 2014/15 as the “angel of death”in the Donbass…..It would appear he was correctly named. Ukraine is being used by the US and NATO to grind down Russian forces. The aim according to a think tank back before this conflict was that Russia was too rich in resources. Putin should be toppled, the cpuntry divided into three “states” with a governor appointed for each state, and its resources plundered basically. This i believe is the eventual goal. Ukraine serves to grind down Russian forces whilst NATO amasses its own on the borders….watch for the false flag, it is all that is missing…..

thien273
thien273
5 months ago

i hate war. French reporter returning from “Americans are directly in charge of the war on the ground: https://bit.ly/38z3ZR0