The children in nursing homes allegedly disappeared from the occupied areas of Ukraine and were deported to Russia.
The UN Commission of Inquiry of Human Rights obtained relevant information during its visit to Ukraine.
Commissioner Jasminka Jumhur, 58, said in a statement in Kiev on Wednesday that “children placed in institutions in the occupied territories were taken to Russia should be investigated.” UN officials have heard that these children are receiving Russian citizenship and adoption processes are under way.
According to Jumhur, the commission could not initially examine the reports alone because they could not travel to the occupied territories. But she will look into it.
Jumhur couldn’t tell how many children were involved. However, she spoke of a “significant number”.
Since June 7, the three-member commission has received information that could indicate war crimes or crimes against humanity on their way, said commission chairman Erik Møse. Among other things, he mentioned visits to Bucha and Irpin, where people reported to the commission indiscriminate killings of civilians, looting and attacks on civilian infrastructure, including schools.
The Commission is planning further trips to Ukraine. For example, he talks to experts from the International Criminal Court, which also investigates possible war crimes. Victims must be prevented from being traumatized again by repeated interviews. The commission has so far tried in vain to contact Russia through the embassy in Geneva, Møse said.
The UN Human Rights Council appointed a commission in Geneva in March. Commissioner Pablo de Greiff emphasized that all crimes would be investigated, regardless of who committed them. The Commission plans to report to the Council for the first time in September.