Baltic health ministers appeal to WHO in relation with breach of international humanitarian rights in Ukraine

  • 2022-03-10
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvian Health Minister Daniels Pavluts (For Development) together with Estonian Health and Labor Minister Tanel Kiik and Lithuanian Health Minister Arunas Dulkys appeal to the World Health Organization (WHO) in relation with the breach of international humanitarian rights in Ukraine, LETA learned from the Health Ministry.

The ministers call on WHO to prevent violations of international humanitarian rights and support Ukraine's health care system so that the war victims may receive health care and access to health care.

The minister said that Russia's unjustified invasion of the independent and peaceful Ukraine is a crime against the Ukrainian nation and the largest threat to Europe's and the world's security.

The Russian armed forces, breaching all international agreements, continue to shell civilians and civil objects, including hospitals and other medical establishments. Attacks on ambulances deprives local residents from receiving essential medical care and medicines.

Pavluts underscored that the WHO should do everything possible to stop the humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine.

"WHO as a UN agency standing for people's health should not accept one of its member states undermining its core values and principles. Therefore, we are convinced that Russia should not be a part of the WHO governing bodies and decision making processes," said Pavluts.

The Baltic states acknowledge and highly appreciate WHO efforts to mobilize assistance to Ukraine, however, the Baltic states call to use UN and its agencies to create safe and unimpeded passage for medical and humanitarian personnel engaged in medical duties, their transport and equipment and supplies to all people in need.

As reported, on February 24, Russia unleashed a war in Ukraine, targeting not only military, but also residential areas, Belarusian army entered the territory of Ukraine on March 1. More than a million civilians have been forced to flee their home and country.