The 54-member bloc urged countries to “show the same sympathy and support to all people fleeing war, regardless of their ethnic identity”.
Kimani added that the Security Council needs to “understand that there are actors who want to amplify this story for cynical reasons that have nothing to do with the welfare and safety of Africans.”
He also thanked Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia for allowing Kenyan citizens fleeing Ukraine visa-free entry to their countries.
Ghana’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Caroline Obong Nteri, echoed the sentiment in her remarks, calling for facilitating those fleeing Ukraine “without discrimination” and providing them with humanitarian assistance, “including medical care in line with the principles of humanity, neutrality and impartiality.”
Gabon’s ambassador to the United Nations described the reports of racism as “unacceptable”.
“We demand respect for the dignity and fair treatment of all people living in harsh conditions. It is an opportunity for my country to recall the African Union’s call for respect for international law which requires equal treatment of all people who cross international borders in conflict zones,” Ambassador Michel Xavier said in a statement on Monday.
The Ukrainian border authorities denied the allegations.
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