European Network of Ombudsmen - Declaration on Ukraine

Das Thema "Krieg in der Ukraine" war Themenschwerpunkt der Konferenz des Europäischen Verbindungsnetzes der Bürgerbeauftragten und Petitionsausschüsse 2022 (Strasbourg, 27-28 April 2022).

Das Thema "Krieg in der Ukraine" war Themenschwerpunkt der Konferenz des Europäischen Verbindungsnetzes der Bürgerbeauftragten und Petitionsausschüsse 2022 (Strasbourg, 27-28 April 2022). Im Nachgang der Konferenz wurde eine Deklaration initiiert, die auch von der Bürgerbeauftragten des Landes Baden-Württemberg unterzeichnet wurde.

Text der Deklaration

Gathered on 27 and 28 April 2022 in Strasbourg for a European Network of Ombudsmen conference on "The Role of Ombudsmen in Times of Crisis", organized within the framework of the French Presidency of the European Union;

Concerned by the description of the situation in Ukraine given at this conference by Ukrainian Ombudsman Liudmyla Denisova

We, Ombudsmen and Chairs of Petition Committees,

Reaffirm our full solidarity with Ukrainians who are the victims of a war of aggression, which is leading to acts that may be qualified as war crimes or even crimes against humanity;

Reiterate our support for our counterpart, Liudmyla Denisova, Ukrainian Ombudsman;

Welcome the Council of the European Union’s decision to activate the temporary protection mechanism, which grants immediate protection to Ukrainian refugees. This is the first time the directive has been activated since it was adopted in 2001;

Remain vigilant as to the continued implementation of this mechanism and to the reception conditions for refugees in our various countries;

Share Liudmyla Denisova’s deep concern about the fate of adults, children and orphans who have been forcibly moved to Russia;

Share her fears regarding respect for the rights of displaced persons and the risk of trafficking and exploitation of children and adults, and call for an independent international investigation to obtain more information on their situation;

Call on our Russian counterpart to carry out her role, with regard to the national authorities, in protecting the fundamental rights of all persons, regardless of their origin and without discrimination of any kind, and with particular attention to displaced people or refugees in Russia.

We, Ombudsmen and Chairs of Petition Committees, Remain alert, in the context of this war and the arrival of refugees, to the respect by European countries of their international commitments, in particular the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Convention, the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the European Convention on Human Rights.

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