Responding to the crisis emerging in Ukraine, Amnesty International Australia today launched a Global Emergency Fund to assist in protecting and defending human rights.
“Right now, brutal war is breaking out in the centre of Europe. Russian soldiers have crossed the border into Ukraine. Cities are being bombed, and lives have already been lost,” Amnesty International Australia National Director, Sam Klintworth, said.
“We must protect the millions of people at risk.The consequences for human rights could be devastating.
“Russia has a long history of causing harm to civilians. That’s why we need researchers working around the clock monitoring the conflict and exposing human rights abuses to the world, so we can pressure leaders to act and stop the bloodshed.”
Amnesty is also calling on the Australian government to immediately increase its humanitarian intake to assist with the flight of thousands of people from their homes in Ukraine.