The African Union on Monday condemned reports of racial discrimination against Africans trying to flee the conflict in Ukraine, after Russia invaded the eastern European country.
Africans living in Ukraine had complained of racism at the Ukraine-Poland border.
Senegalese President Macky Sall, the Chairman of the African Union, and the African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said they were “particularly disturbed” by reports of Africans in Ukraine being refused the right to cross the border to safety.
The body urged all countries to respect international law and offer assistance to everyone fleeing from the war irrespective of their races.
African members of the UN Security Council commonly known as A3, during a meeting on Ukraine with the council on Monday denounced what they termed “the mistreatment of African people, especially students, trying to flee Ukraine.”
The Council’s African members asked for equitable treatment and dignity for all victims of war without discrimination based on nationality or race. The A3 currently includes Kenya, Ghana and Gabon.
The union hailed member countries and their embassies in countries neighbouring Ukraine who are supporting those fleeing from the war.