International experts to examine Amnesty report accusing Ukraine

International experts to examine Amnesty report accusing Ukraine

International experts will examine the documents that led to incredible pressure on the organization.

Independent experts will look at the bombshell Amnesty International report accusing Ukrainian armed forces of violating humanitarian law, after a backlash from Kiev, in an effort to understand what went wrong with the preparation of the document.

In a statement released by its German section on Friday, the human rights watchdog said that the study of the document was initiated at the international level and will examine the process by which the material was prepared and how the report will be analyzed from the legal and political standpoints.

The organization said that we want to learn more about what went wrong and why, in order to learn a lesson and improve our work in the field of human rights.

Amnesty International said that its findings were not conveyed with the accuracy and delicacy expected from the organization. It also stated that its International Secretariat did not react in the correct manner to criticism from the international community.

The report also did not pay due attention to Russian aggression in violation of international law, and said Amnesty condemns Moscow's military campaign in Ukraine.

On August 4, Amnesty released a report accusing Kiev of a clear violation of international humanitarian law, accusing it of putting civilian lives at risk by placing its military assets close to civilian infrastructure.

The human rights group found evidence of current or prior military activity in 22 of the 29 schools visited by Amnesty between April and July. They saw Ukrainian troops using hospitals as bases in five locations. The group said it was not aware whether Ukraine tried to evacuate civilians from the areas in question.

However, the watchdog noted that no Ukrainian troops were present in some areas where Russian forces had allegedly delivered strikes on residential areas, concluding that Ukraine's unlawful military use of civilian sites does not justify indiscriminate Russian attacks. Following the backlash from Kiev, with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky slamming Amnesty for siding with terrorists, the organization issued an apology for its report, saying it deeply regrets the distress and anger that our press release on Ukrainian military s fighting tactics has caused, while stating that we fully stand by our findings.