The first international Ukraine conference since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression offers an opportunity to focus on the promotion of peace, human rights and the rule of law, according to the corresponding statement by the Human Rights Platform. “When war and reconstruction in Ukraine are discussed, the governments must not keep to themselves,” Matthias Hui, co-coordinator of the platform, is quoted as saying.
It was only on Monday that Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis announced at the World Economic Forum (WEF) that 40 countries and 18 international organizations had been invited to the reconstruction conference in Lugano on July 4th and 5th.
The “directly affected population” is not sufficiently represented, said Hui at the request of the Keystone-SDA news agency. “But it’s not too late, we’re currently only in the preparatory phase of the conference.”
One of the concrete demands of the Swiss Human Rights Platform is, for example, to give the necessary space at the conference to protect women in Ukraine. But she also calls for the continuation of the generous refugee policy and the extension of sanctions against Russia to include oil and gas trade and imports.