On March 23, Hendrik Weber, a member of the Land Parliament of the commune of Alver, head of the public organization "People's Diplomacy - Norway", spoke at the 47th meeting of the 46th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council.
In his speech in the format of a video message, Mr. Weber, representing the International Council of Russian Compatriots at this session, spoke about the situation in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics:
“Since 2016 I have made several trips to Crimea and the two self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.
In Crimea I could see a peaceful situation, where almost all people who satisfied with the reunification with Russia in 2014. And in Donetsk and Lugansk, on the other hand, war continues and the whole generation of children grows up with the trauma of war.
Despite Minsk agreements, we see a new escalation of the situation by the Ukrainian government and military in recent weeks. Civilians and children of both sides of the frontline suffering from this war that is been going on now for 7 years.”
Hendrik Weber also called on the international community, represented by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to exert pressure on Kiev in the issue of a peaceful dialogue with Donbass:
“I would like to ask the High Commissioner of Human Rights to advocate that the Ukrainian government enter into direct talks with the governments of the two self-proclaimed republics. Only a direct dialog can end this war.”
The full video of Hendrik Weber's speech is available on the DPR Foreign Ministry website.
The record of the 47th meeting of the 46th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council is available here.