Ukraine: destruction of Kakhovka dam is a 'huge humanitarian disaster'
‘The rules of international humanitarian law specifically protect dams due to the dangers their destruction poses to civilians’ - Marie Struthers
In response to the destruction of the dam at Kakhovka hydroelectric power station in a part of southern Ukraine occupied by Russian forces, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia Director, said:
“The human and environmental cost of the destruction of the Kakhovka dam is a huge humanitarian disaster and the international community must unite to bring those responsible to justice.
“The rules of international humanitarian law specifically protect dams due to the dangers their destruction poses to civilians.
“The destruction of the Kakhovka dam is a catastrophe that endangers the life, safety and well-being of tens - if not hundreds - of thousands of people living within range of the flood waters.
“The authorities on all sides must prioritise the evacuation and safety of civilians affected by the dam’s destruction and take steps to minimise its other consequences.
“There must be a prompt, independent and impartial investigation into the destruction of the Kakhova dam.
“We also reiterate our call for all those suspected of responsibility for aggression, war crimes and other crimes under international law to be brought to justice in fair trials, and for victims and survivors to receive full reparation.”