The United States has warned the United Nations about atrocities planned by Russia after an invasion of Ukraine. The U.S. sent a letter to the U.N. human rights chief saying it has “credible” information that Moscow is compiling lists of Ukrainians and dissidents “to be killed or sent to camps following a military occupation.”
Post-invasion plans include torture, forced disappearances and “widespread human suffering” according to the letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Post. Targets would include Russian and Belarusian dissidents in exile in Ukraine, as well as journalists and anti-corruption activists, and ‘vulnerable populations such as religious and ethnic minorities ad LGBTQI+ persons.”
The letter was written by the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Bathseba Crocker. It was addressed to Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights. “Specifically, we have credible information that indicates Russian forces are creating lists of identified Ukrainians to be killed or sent to camps following a military occupation,” the letter said.
The letter added that the Biden administration also had information indicating Russian forces would likely use “lethal measures” to subdue peaceful protests or other “peaceful exercises of perceived resistance from civilian populations.”
Just before the weekend on Friday, Foreign Policy reported on U.S. intelligence that Russia had plans for a post-invasion arrest and assassination campaign. Unnamed U.S. officials were cited.
Putin has already ordered military forces into two separatist regions of Ukraine under the guise of “peacekeeping” purposes. Moscow claimed they are independent “breakaway regions” as justification for invasion.
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The women of Afghanistan are suffering a mental health crisis since the Taliban regained power two years ago. According to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday, approximately 70% of women experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.
The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57% the preceding quarter.
The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.
592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:
They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.
Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.
Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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