Humanist organisations around the world stand in solidarity with the Ukranian people and with those in Russia who are protesting against their country’s invasion of their neighbour.
As Humanists, we place a great value on being ethical and not causing harm or suffering to our fellow humans. We support peace, democracy, the rule of law and universal legal human rights. The HAI and the international humanist community work to promote these values in Ireland and internationally.
Ahead of an urgent debate at the UN Human Rights Council on the Human Rights situation in Ukraine, following the unprovoked and illegal invasion by Russia, Humanists International is calling for the creation of a UN mechanism to monitor and report on the situation in Ukraine and for Russia to be suspended as a member of the Human Rights Council.
It also joins the International Service for Human Rights, in calling for the resolution to:
- Call on the UN General Assembly to suspend Russia’s membership of the Human Rights Council;
- Create a mechanism, such as a Commission of Inquiry, to monitor and report on the situation in Ukraine and to promote accountability for violations, including crimes of aggression, atrocity crimes and other human rights violations;
- Mandate a Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Russia itself. The oppressive human rights climate in the Russian Federation itself (including the severe restrictions on free expression, the widespread propagation of disinformation, the repression of civil society, and the intimidation, censoring and criminalisation of journalists) all contribute to the Russian government being able to wage a war of aggression without accountability at home.
How To Help
We urge our members to channel any donations through reputable charities. We’ve listed a few of them below.
· Immigrant Council of Ireland The Immigrant Council Helpline continues to respond to queries from concerned Ukrainians living in Ireland on issues of family reunification and other immigration matters.
· Irish Red Cross Red Cross teams are on the ground now in Ukraine and will continue their work to repair vital infrastructure, support health facilities, and help families with life-saving food and hygiene items.
· Unicef The UN's children's charity is helping to ensure families have clean water and food and that child health and protection services continue to operate.
People can check whether a specific Irish charity is registered on the Register of Charities here.