Türk: Accountability needed for ‘shocking’ violations by Russian forces in Ukraine

The continuing lack of accountability for the violations and abuses committed by Russian forces in Ukraine is deeply concerning, UN human rights chief Volker Türk said on Wednesday. 

A woman sits outside what remains of her home, after it was destroyed during heavy shelling in Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine.

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UN's Türk urges probe into alleged sexual violence during Hamas terror attacks

06 Dec 2023

UN human rights chief Volker Türk on Wednesday condemned serious sexual violations allegedly carried out by Hamas militants during their terror attacks in southern Israel on 7 October, while humanitarians in Gaza said conditions for civilians there had hit “rock bottom”, amid continued bombardment and mass displacement in the south.


UN rights chief: ‘Don’t leave the climate crisis for our children to fix’

03 Jul 2023

Global heating is a burning human rights issue, as extreme weather and climate disasters threaten humanity’s universal right to food, UN rights chief Volker Türk said on Monday.


All parties to Gaza crisis may have committed war crimes: UN rights chief

28 Feb 2024

All parties to the Gaza conflict have been responsible for “clear violations of international humanitarian law including possible war crimes”, according to the UN’s top human rights official, Volker Türk.