UN Human Rights Council opens its regular 49th session on Monday, February 28, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, amid Russia’s military operation in Ukraine.

Heads of state and other dignitaries representing more than 140 countries will address the U.N. Human Rights Council over the next three days. Quite unusually, this high-level segment will begin with a consideration of a request from Ukraine to hold an urgent debate on the “situation of human rights in Ukraine stemming from the Russian aggression.”

–Ada Derana