Amnesty International will not change the manipulative text of the report, which said that Ukraine allegedly endangered people’s lives.
Director of Amnesty International Ukraine Oksana Pokalchuk announced that she was leaving her position.
Pokalchuk stated this on a social network Facebook.
“I am leaving Amnesty International in Ukraine. This is another loss that the war has brought me. My favorite job, 7 years of life, plans for the future, and the last 5 months have also been a lifeline in the form of human rights work for the benefit of my native country during war. Everything crashed against the wall of bureaucracy and a deaf language barrier. It’s not about English, but that if you do not live in a country that the invaders have broken into and are tearing it to pieces, you probably don’t understand what is so – to condemn the army of defenders,” Pokalchuk said.
“Even yesterday I had a naive hope that I could fix everything. That we would hold at least 200 meetings and still explain, get through, convey our thoughts. And that text will be deleted, and another will appear instead. Today I understood that this will not happen,” she said.
As Pokalchuk emphasized, “in such important reports that are published at such a moment and in such a context, there cannot be information about the other side of the war, about who started this war.”
She stated that in the Ukrainian office, the leadership of Amnesty International disagreed on values.
“I spoke with Amnesty representatives from dozens of countries around the world so that the position of Ukraine and Ukrainians was heard. I also repeatedly spoke with the top leadership, which, unfortunately, in this situation did not take the necessary steps to protect the interests of the people for whose benefit the organization works and the entire human rights movement. In addition to the lack of proper response, there has been a disregard for the great activist initiative of people from all over the world who were outraged by this press release,” she said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the international human rights organization Amnesty International published a material in which it reported that Ukraine allegedly deploys military bases in hospitals and schools, thereby endangering people’s lives. The organization said that “this violates the laws of war, but in no way justifies Russia’s indiscriminate attacks.”
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba called on the international human rights organization Amnesty International not to create a false reality, but to tell the truth about the crimes of the occupation army of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.
Adviser to the head of the President’s Office Mykhailo Podolyak said that any statements about violations by the Ukrainian army are in the nature of an information operation to discredit the Armed Forces of Ukraine and undermine the supply of weapons from Western partners.
After the scandal over the content of the report, Agnes Kallamar, Secretary General of Amnesty International, said that Russian and Ukrainian bots who want war are behind the wave of criticism of the publication.