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Ukraine Sacks Human Rights Ombudswoman

by Oui Wed Jun 1st, 2022 at 08:23:44 AM EST

Verkhovna Rada dismisses ombudswoman for Human Rights due to absenteeism and false rape allegations. She went AWOL when humanitarian corridors were needed in Mariupol and the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Furthermore she failed to fulfill her task in prisoner exchange.

The Verkhovna Rada voted to dismiss Lyudmila Denisova from the post of human rights ombudsman

The People's Deputy Yaroslav Zheleznyak reported about it in Telegram, informs UNN.

    Yes there are atrocities and war crimes, however an Human Rights ombudswoman more involved in disinformation than facts and evidence should be rightly dismissed.


See yesterday's post about :

UK Disinformation and Propaganda The Consortium

Britain was busy expanding and modernising its propaganda apparatus for the digital age. These efforts culminated in the establishment in early 2015 of two new info-war outfits: the 77th Brigade, an official regular and Army Reserve unit specialising in cyber warfare; and the "Integrity Initiative" of the Institute for Statecraft (IfS).

An ombudswoman spending more time in the West publishing fake news ...

Ukraine says it received more than 400 reports of sexual violence, including rape, by Russian soldiers within 2 weeks ...

Identical headline in ...

NPR: Rape has reportedly become a weapon in Ukraine. Finding justice may be difficult

A woman representing a rape victim leads protesters in Berlin demonstrating in an April 16 march against Russian military aggression in the ongoing wars in Ukraine and Syria.  Adam Berry/Getty Images

Accounts of alleged sexual violence coming out of Ukraine in recent weeks have been grim. A woman raped repeatedly by a Russian soldier after her husband was killed outside Kyiv. A mother of four gang raped by Russian soldiers in Kherson. The body of a Ukrainian woman found dead -- naked and branded with a swastika. A woman raped by a Russian commander on the day tanks entered the village of Kalyta.

NY Times: In Ukraine War, a Long Journey Begins in Prosecuting Rape

> U.S. > Politics 29 Apr 2022 -- In the first two weeks of April, about 400 cases of sexual violence by Russian soldiers were reported to Ukraine's ombudswoman for human rights.

DW News: Russian troops accused of weaponizing rape in Ukraine | DW News |

Mounting allegations of sexual violence in Ukraine

Numbers are impossible to calculate, but evidence is growing that Russian soldiers are using rape as a weapon of war in Ukraine. In areas retaken from Russian troops, civilians are giving horrifying accounts of sexual violence. The International Court has opened investigations into more than 400 cases, but these will not be the only ones. DW's Rebecca Ritters went to Bucha on the outskirts of Kyiv, a place already notorious for Russian soldiers killing civilians. There she found the story of one young woman whose parents have been left in horrendous uncertainty.

Ukraine women 'biggest victims of Putin's war,' MEPs warn | EU Observer - May 5, 2022 |

Lyudmila Denisova sacked by Verkova Rada in Ukraine

❗️Верховна Рада звільнила з посади омбудсмена з прав людини Людмилу Денісову / Останні новини

❗️The Verkhovna Rada fires Human Rights Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova / Latest News

People's Deputy Zheleznyak announced the dismissal of Lyudmila Denisova from the post of human rights ombudsman. 234 deputies voted in favor. There is currently no new candidate for the post.

UPD: Ex-ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova has stated that she will appeal her dismissal in court today. She wrote about this on her Facebook page. Denisova believes that she was fired in violation of the Constitution.

As people's deputy Pavel Frolov wrote, there are several reasons for dismissal:

    1. The "incomprehensible concentration" of Lyudmila Denisova's media work on the details of "sexual crimes in a perverse form" and "child rape", which she could not confirm with evidence. Which, according to the deputies, only harmed Ukraine and distracted the attention of the world media.
    
2. Note that Denisova indeed very often published shocking information about sexual violence by Russian soldiers against children (including one-year-old babies). It was picked up by the Western media, but this, as a rule, was not supported by evidence, which the "servants of the people" drew attention to.

    3. Eliminated from the issues of organizing humanitarian corridors and the exchange of prisoners.

After February 24, she spent a lot of time abroad.

We are talking about Denisova's numerous statements, in particular about the "rape of children in Bucha", "the rape of a baby with a spoon" or other similar cases without names and evidence - in order to understand what so outraged the representatives of the ruling party (editor's note).

h/t MofA

Zelenskiy Fires Kharkiv Security Chief, Accusing Him Of Not Working On City's Defense | RFERL - May 29, 2022 |

Ukrainian Parliament Fires Ombudswoman Denisova Citing Lax Efforts In Response To Russian Invasion | RFERL - May 31, 2022 |

Former President Petro Poroshenko's European Solidarity party and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party voted against her dismissal.

The chairwoman of the ZMINA Human Rights Center, Tetyana Pechonchyk, said there were no constitutional grounds to remove Denisova from the post.

No mention of her false allegations and disinformation .... natural policy for an American propaganda outlet.

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Verkhovna Rada fires Human Rights Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova

If the HR headline is at all mentioned, certainly not the spread of disinformation about rape by Russian soldiers is explained. Definitely no retraction of headlines nor is it mentioned in the section "Fake News". So sad and adds to the incredulity of other news items in Western media.

Ukraine's Parliament Dismisses Human-Rights Chief | WSJ |

Newsweek comes close to fair reporting and links to earlier accusations of rape in Bucha.

Ukraine Official Fired Over Handling of Russian Sexual Assault Claims

The move to dismiss Denisova came after outrage about the wording used in public reports about alleged sexual assaults committed by Russians, as well as the alleged dissemination in those reports of unverified information. Despite accusations from Ukraine, the Kremlin has repeatedly denied that Russian soldiers have committed war crimes or sexual assaults during the invasion.

Last week, Ukrainian media outlets and journalists signed an open letter in which they requested that reports concerning rape and sexual assault be "published with caution," particularly when involving children, according to an English translation of the letter.

The open letter also stated that "it is important to understand that sexual crimes during war are an instrument of genocide, an instrument of waging war without rules, but they cannot serve as illustrative material to inflame the emotions of the audience."

No intelligence agency can be trusted ... the SBU has repeatedly proven to be a criminal organization ...

SBU: Chilling evidence builds of systematic use of rape as a weapon by Russian troops in Ukraine

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 2nd, 2022 at 02:31:45 PM EST



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 2nd, 2022 at 02:34:44 PM EST

Russia denies war crimes, but human rights advocate says evidence is 'difficult to refute' | CBC - Apr 4, 2022 |

Report On The Violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity | OSCE |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 2nd, 2022 at 02:36:02 PM EST
in UA.gov number of RF casualty estimates in a range, number of RF grain blockade estimates in a range, UA munition and artillary stock estimates in a range, UA offensive victory estimates in a range, and RF WAR CRIME debriefs presented to UNSC until this week following revelation of Denisova's disgraceful perjuries, 31 May

Europe Reloaded | Ukraine Attempting to Walk Away from Geneva Convention?, 2 Apr

There are reports from various Russian sources that the Ukrainian authorities are urging Western backers to encourage the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and various international humanitarian NGOs to abandon attempts to gain access to Russian prisoners of war.
The leadership of Ukraine confided in Britain that it did not intend to comply with the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War. The International Red Cross has meanwhile disclaimed any involvement in "the forced evacuation of the Ukrainian population to Russia". ...
Newsweek | Ukrainian Troops Seen Killing Russian POWs in Video, 7 Apr
"He's still alive. Film these marauders. Look, he's still alive. He's gasping," a man in the video says while an apparent Russian soldier with a jacket covering his head, is seen breathing heavily, surrounded by a pool of blood. A soldier then shoots the man in the head twice. The man keeps moving, so the soldier shoots him again, and he stops.

At least three other Russian soldiers, including one with a head wound and his hands tied behind his back, can be seen dead next to the victim. The dead men are all wearing camouflage and three of them have white armbands often worn by Russian soldiers.

TeleSUR | Russia denounces new discovery of bodies in Azovstal, 31 May A/V (EN)
yahoo! Ukrayinska Pravda| Ukraine and Russia exchange bodies of dead soldiers, 4 June
Quote: "On 2 June, an exchange of bodies of dead soldiers took place between Ukraine and Russia on the Zaporizh*ia front.

An agreement has been reached in which 160 [dead] soldiers from one country would be exchanged for 160 [dead] soldiers from the other during the negotiations with the participation of the [Ukrainian - ed.] Commissioner for Persons Missing under Special Circumstances [Oleh Kotenko, who was appointed on 20 May, when the Commissioner position was created during a Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine meeting - ed.]."

Russia Soldier Left for DEAD after Ukraine Torture Meets his torturer, 6 June A/V (EN subtitles)
by Cat on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 05:56:23 PM EST
Ukraine: Respect the Rights of Prisoners of War | HRW - March 16, 2022 |

Published Footage of Captured Soldiers Violates Geneva Conventions

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), the main security arm of the Ukrainian government, has a Telegram account with about 868,000 subscribers where it has posted videos of captured Russian soldiers who appear under duress or are revealing their names, identification numbers, and other personal information, including their parents' names and home addresses. It shares these videos on its Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram pages with roughly 978,000 combined followers and subscribers.

The SBU has manifested itself as thoroughly corrupt from 2014 forward ... a criminal organization.

Russian Red Cross asks ICRC for assistance in stopping torture of Russian POWs in Ukraine | TASS - March 30, 2022 |

In this war I don't trust any news reports from either side ... too hot to handle. War is hell ... that is the reason I wholly oppose the events leading up to this war ... no willingness to enter serious talks .... last 12 years between warring parties.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 11th, 2022 at 06:39:16 PM EST
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Now, I understand where Aslin's family got their legal advice: Aisling Reidy*, Senior Legal Advisor at Human Rights Watch.

Where direct evidence of a crime obviates circumstantial evidence of a crime (beyond a reasonable doubt: US threshold of guilt), substitute presumption of some "privacy right" of alleged victim(s) for any and all defendants' presumed innocence.

(Matter of fact, I just completed jury duty for a criminal case afflicted with similarly contentious burdens of proof.)

* FIFTH WAVE rear guard of the "rules-based order" of the world

She also worked in The Hague as a trial lawyer in the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
fans the "grey zone" of truth, justice, and the American way
People's Daily: Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the end of NATO's bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. After an international legal team filed lawsuits against NATO on behalf of 3,000 victims over the horrific consequences of up to 15 tons of depleted uranium bombs NATO dropped in 1999, NATO responded by saying it has immunity from prosecution. Do you have any comment?
Zhao Lijian: Twenty-three years ago, US-led NATO blatantly bombarded the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia for 78 days without the approval of the UN Security Council. In total, NATO dropped nearly 420,000 bombs weighing 22,000 tons, including 15 tons of depleted uranium bombs. Over 2,500 people including 79 children were killed and more than one million people became refugees as a direct result of the bombings. 

What is more heart-wrenching is that death and agony brought by the war lingered for generations till this day. As noted by experts, exposure to radiation emitted by depleted uranium bombs can show no symptom for years and depleted uranium bombs have long-term impact on the environment and human food-chain. In the 10 years after the bombing, about 30,000 people in Serbia developed cancer, among whom 10,000 died. According to the Institute of Public Health of Belgrade, by the end of 2019, the number of registered cancer patients in Serbia was as high as 97,000. A study of the Serbian emergency center shows that among children born in Serbia after 1999, many aged between one and five suffered from ectodermal tumors, many aged between five and nine contracted hematological malignancies, and there is a clear uptick in the morbidity rate of brain cancer among those aged between nine and 18. Besides, by May 2019, 366 Italian military personnel who participated in the NATO military operations have died of cancer, and 7,500 have fallen sick. 

However, till this day, the US -- the country that sent military aircraft to drop depleted uranium bombs over Serbia and the inventor of this type of bombs as well as the only country that has ever used them -- continues to deny that depleted uranium bombs can directly cause Gulf War syndrome and Kosovo syndrome. During the Gulf War, the US dropped far more depleted uranium bombs over Iraq. NATO is also trying to get away with it by claiming immunity from prosecution. Such moves by the US-led NATO are shocking. Neither the Serbian people, nor people elsewhere in the world seeking justice, will ever agree to this. The US-led NATO should earnestly reflect on its war crimes, and provide a reasonable explanation and compensations to the victims of depleted uranium bombs as soon as possible. NATO must also seriously learn the lesson and stop creating new turmoil and division across the world.

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... I mean, NATO exists outside the framework of the United Nations charter. NATO exists outside the framework of international law....

by Cat on Tue Jun 14th, 2022 at 02:07:04 PM EST
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woman POW?

slide "rules-based" order demonstration

by Cat on Tue Jun 14th, 2022 at 06:22:29 PM EST
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"Volunteers from 52 countries (including Poland, US, UK, Canada, Czech Republic, Belarus, Baltics and Scandinavian countries) are fighting for Ukraine against Russians."
[Source TIME: Zelensky announces International Legion defense forces]

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 15th, 2022 at 06:48:01 AM EST
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