Lukashenka and Belarus Red Cross accused of illegal deportation of Ukrainian children

See HRWF Report in 3 languages (English, Ukrainian and Russian) filed with the United Nations HERE

HRWF (14.09.2023) – In a resolution on Belarus adopted on Wednesday 13 September, the European Parliament

  • denounces the illegal transfer of more than 2 150 children, including orphans, from Russian occupied areas of Ukraine to so-called recreational camps in Belarus, where they are subjected to Russification and indoctrination;
  • strongly condemns the involvement of the Belarus Red Cross in the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children;
  • supports Ukrainian prosecutors’ investigation into the role of Belarus in the forced deportations and considers that the actions of Lukashenka himself and his regime may also amount to the crime against humanity of ‘deportation or forcible transfer of population’ under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC);
  • considers Lukashenka as responsible for these war crimes as Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova and therefore calls on the ICC to consider issuing a similar international warrant for Lukashenka’s arrest;
  • calls on the Council to expand the list of individuals targeted by the EU’s sanctions to include those involved in forced deportations of Ukrainian children to Belarus;