russians torture Ukrainian female soldiers
Among the 86 servicemen released from russian captivity were women who had been subjected to torture and ill-treatment in captivity, the Ombudswoman Lyudmila Denisova said in a statement.
The women were taken to Belarus and then to a pre-trial detention center in Bryansk, russia, where the women were tortured and threatened. The prisoners were stripped naked in the presence of men, forced to squat, cut their hair and constantly interrogated, trying to break morals.
Some of the women prisoners of war were forced to take part in the filming of propaganda stories, demanding to switch to russian.
The Ombudsman noted that such actions by the russian federation are a violation of Article 13 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, which emphasizes the humane treatment of prisoners of war. They must always be protected, in particular from acts of violence or intimidation, as well as from public insults and curiosity.
“I call on the UN Commission to Investigate Human Rights Violations of russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and the expert mission set up by OSCE participating States under the moscow Mechanism to take into account these violations of the rights of Ukrainian prisoners of war,” Lyudmila Denisova wrote.