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ILO chief condemns unprovoked attack by Russia on Ukraine

The Director-General of the International Labour Organisation, Mr Guy Ryder, has condemned “the unprovoked and unjustifiable attack by the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

Ryder said this in a statement on Thursday when he joined the General Assembly of the UN in deploring in strongest terms the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

According to him, this conducted is without regard to international law, and the continuing loss of life, and immense human suffering that it is inflicting on the people of Ukraine.

The ILO D-G joined the UN General Assembly  in demanding that it immediately cease its use of force and unconditionally withdraws all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.

“This stands among the darkest chapters in the ILO’s century long history and a brutal repudiation of our organization’s mission to promote peace through social justice.

“ Those responsible for the aggression know full well that among its first victims will be working people and that the devastation of jobs, enterprises and livelihoods will be massive and endure for many years,’’ he said.

Ryder also recalled that ,the UN Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that due to the actions of the Russian Federation the world is facing the biggest global peace and security crisis of recent years.

He also noted that Guterres had said that  the attack on Ukraine challenges all of the multilateral system.

“The ILO’s duty is to stand in solidarity with the government, workers, and employers of Ukraine and to join with the rest of the United Nations system in providing all possible assistance to them.

“To our revulsion and outrage as horrified witnesses to events unfolding in Ukraine, we must add the determination to act practically to bring them to an end.

“Goals pursued through aggression and violation of human rights must not prevail. Our responsibility is to meet our obligations to the Ukrainian people,” said.

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