IARHH International Association for Research in Hospital Hygiene.
SWC, Simon Wiesenthal Center Europe
EUNET European Network forEducation and Training
FEDE, Federation for Education in Europe
FECRIS Federation of Research and Information Centers on Sectarianism
FIHUAT International Federation for Housing and Planning
ICJW, International Council of Jewish Women
LICRA International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism
OENDDF European Observatory for Non-Discrimination and Fundamental Rights
UWE University Women of Europe
Since February 24, 2022, Russian troops have, on the orders of President Vladimir Putin, invaded the territory of Ukraine, an independent state, in ﬂagrant violation of the United Nations Charter of 1945, the Statute of the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights. The Russian armed forces are waging an "all- out war" against Ukraine, a sovereign state that is a member, like Russia, of the Council of Europe and the United Nations.
This war, with its trail of crimes, is being waged against the Ukrainian people and its legitimate, democratically elected authorities, in order to wipe out this ferment of democracy on Russia's borders. The Russian army is systematically destroying civilian and military infrastructure, causing the death of many civilians, men and women, children and people weakened by age or disability, sowing terror in the civilian population and pushing on the roads to escape the consequences of the war nearly two million people.
We, the representatives of the European organized civil society, are aware that the future of Ukraine and that of Europe are linked and that we must stand ﬁrm and remain united to confront this unacceptable aggression against a free people, to stop the ﬁghting and restore peace.
We recall that both the European Court of Human Rights and the International Court of Justice have issued an interim measure calling on Russia to refrain from attacks on civilians and civilian institutions, including schools, hospitals, and emergency vehicles.
We encourage and support the diplomatic eﬀorts that are underway to stop this aggression against a sovereign state and its people. However, we are also aware that the negotiations can only lead to an end to the ﬁghting and to peace if the democratic states and their peoples give themselves the means to change the balance of power with Russia led by Vladimir Putin.
We therefore call on the member states of the European Union and the Council of Europe:
We also call on European citizens: