The Ukraine-Russia conflict has resulted in a humanitarian crisis as Ukrainian civilians flee the fighting into other parts of the country and surrounding countries.
MapAid responded by developing a Map of Sanctions highlighting the growing list of global organisations boycotting Russia, standing in solidarity with Ukraine. The list remains ever growing and is being continually updated. It now includes:
- Companies boycotting Russia
- Russian companies to boycott
- Oligarchs yacht locations
This blog is the third in the series, the first two which can be accessed from here:
In this latest blog, MapAid provides its followers with the latest developments, using maps and infographics, with the aim of providing key information in a digestible format.
Suspension of Russia from UNHRC
On Thursday 07 April the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution for the “suspension of the rights of membership of the Russian Federation in the Human Rights Council (UNHRC)”. The results of the vote, which needed a two-thirds majority to be passed, are summarised as follows:
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The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a United Nations (UN) body whose mission is to promote and protect human rights around the world. The Council has 47 members elected for staggered three-year terms on a regional group basis. The headquarters of the Council are at the United Nations Office at Geneva in Switzerland
The Bucha massacre was the killing, torture and mass rape of civilians by the Russian Armed Forces during the fight for and occupation of the city, located in Ukraine’s Kyiv Oblast.
The massacre was widely condemned internationally, and posed the question as to whether Russia is guilty of genocide against the Ukrainian people.
Emergence of photographic and video material of the massacre led to the UN General Assembly vote for the suspension of Russia in the UNHRC.
Prior to the vote, Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya urged countries to support the resolution:
“Bucha and dozens of other Ukrainian cities and villages, where thousands of peaceful residents have been killed, tortured, raped, abducted and robbed by the Russian Army, serve as an example of how dramatically far the Russian Federation has gone from its initial declarations in the human rights domain. That is why this case is unique and today’s response is obvious and self-explanatory.”
Click here for links to satellite and video images of the massacre:
- Bucha killings: Satellite image of bodies site contradicts Russian claims (BBC News)
- Ukraine War: Cyclist appears to be shot by Russian armoured vehicles in Bucha (Sky News)
Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis
More than 4 million people have fled Ukraine (refugees) and another 7 million internally have left their homes to escape the conflict (internally displaced persons), leading to a huge humanitarian crisis.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is an umbrella group of 15 leading UK charities which coordinates and launches collective appeals to raise funds to provide emergency aid and rapid relief to people caught up in disasters and humanitarian crises around the world.
The DEC are currently running the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal:
Global MapAid, or simply “MapAid”, is a social enterprise and registered charity working with local people, to help them identify and map local solutions (hotspots) to benefit policymakers, agencies, and vulnerable people, as to where self-empowering aid is needed.
We take seriously the words of Nobel Peace Prize Winner and our Patron, the late Desmond Tutu: “We need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in”. Our goal at MapAid is to make maps that show where and why they are falling in, but also how to pull them out. We do this so the key stakeholders are able to see clearly where to apportion their finite resources:
Put simply: “We make maps that help direct aid.”
Our work is guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and broadly spans environmental or social projects across the world.