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Good morning, this is Michelle. It has been a packed couple of days for human rights. Russia came under fire as a UN committee demanded explanations about the forcible transfer of thousands of Ukrainian children from areas it has occupied since February 2022.

Between legal explanations and inconsistent numbers, the state struggled to justify and at times deny practices that could amount to war crimes.

Meanwhile, China and Saudi Arabia faced scrutiny over their problematic rights records from their state peers.

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Michelle Langrand


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Russian officials answer questions by the Committee on the Rights of the Child at Palais Wilson in Geneva, 22 January 2023. (Geneva Solutions/Michelle Langrand)

Russia tries to justify abduction of Ukrainian children before UN committee. The Committee on the Rights of the Child pressed Russia on Tuesday about the illegal transfer of Ukrainian children from occupied areas into its territory as pressure mounts on Moscow to provide answers for a practice that could amount to war crimes. A 30-strong Russian delegation sent to Geneva for the routine review rebuked the allegations all the way through.

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