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OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani stated the trials by the Russian-backed authorities may start within the occupied metropolis, probably inside days – and warned that such a course of may quantity to a conflict crime.

“We’re very involved concerning the method through which that is being finished. There are photos within the media of cages being in-built Mariupol’s philharmonic corridor, actually large cages and apparently, the thought is to restrain the prisoners”, Ms. Shamdasani informed a briefing in Geneva. “This isn’t acceptable, that is humiliating,” she stated.

‘Combatant immunity’

Ms. Shamdasani identified how “beneath worldwide legislation, people entitled to prisoner of conflict standing have combatant immunity and can’t be prosecuted for having participated in hostilities, or for lawful acts of conflict dedicated in the middle of the armed battle, even when such acts would in any other case represent an offence beneath home legislation.” 

The spokesperson added that OHCHR was involved that prisoners of conflict have typically been held with out entry to impartial displays, exposing them to the chance of being tortured to extract a confession.

“There have additionally been worrying public statements by Russian officers and members of affiliated armed teams labelling Ukrainian prisoners of conflict as ‘conflict criminals, ‘Nazis’, and ‘terrorists’, thereby undermining the presumption of innocence.”

‘Unprecedented’ assaults on healthcare

The World Well being Group (WHO) warned that it has seen “an unprecedented variety of assaults on healthcare” for the reason that Russian invasion of Ukraine, which started practically six months in the past.

“As of twenty third of August, over 460 assaults on well being care have been verified by WHO, resulting in nearly 100 deaths and over 100 accidents,” Dr. Jarno Habicht, WHO Consultant and Head of the WHO Nation Workplace stated. 

Dr. Habicht burdened that whereas the assaults not solely violate worldwide legislation, “they’re additionally a barrier for a lot of who must care.”

“It’s not solely the provides and others we have to help – we have to guarantee additionally that the providers can be found,” he added.  

Over 350 youngsters killed

In response to the UN Youngsters’s Fund, (UNICEF), the official demise toll for kids throughout the battle is 356 youngsters, however that’s “a low estimate”, in line with UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva, James Elder.

He stated the expectation was that it could be “many extra based mostly on the thoroughness of how verification is completed”.

On Monday, UNICEF reported that just about 1,000 youngsters had been killed or injured in Ukraine – a median of 5 a day – however burdened that the actual quantity is probably going increased.

Reiterating the pressing want for peace, UNICEF Government Director Catherine Russell identified that “as soon as once more, as in all wars, the reckless choices of adults are placing youngsters at excessive danger. There are not any armed operations of this type that don’t lead to youngsters being harmed.” 

Lifesaving grain sure for Horn of Africa

In response to the World Meals Programme (WFP) the primary vessel transporting Ukrainian wheat grain sure for the Horn of Africa is now as a consequence of berth in Djibouti on 30 August. 

The MV Courageous Commander departed from the Black Sea port of Yuzhny on 16 August, as a part of the Black Sea Grain Initiative signed by Ukraine, Russia, Türkiye and the UN in July. However Michael Dunford, WFP Regional Director for East Africa, warned that whereas this was “a really constructive growth,” it was “not the reply”. 

“That one ship, 23,000 metric tons of wheat, is the equal of feeding 1.5 million individuals for only one month. And but we presently estimate that there could possibly be upwards of twenty-two million individuals requiring help,” he stated.

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