UN condemned ongoing human rights violations in Donbass and Crimea
UN Warns of Human Rights Abuses in East Crimea
The authors of the report call on the new Prosecutor General and Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine to immediately investigate human rights violations committed on both sides of the contact line in Donbass
In its report, the UN reports on the ongoing unpunished violations of human rights in the regions of eastern Ukraine, which are controlled by both the Ukrainian state and the separatists. The report, reviewed this week by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), also contains information on violations committed by the Russian authorities who occupied Ukrainian Crimea..
While the report’s authors are generally critical of the situation in eastern Ukraine, the document contains a note of optimism that the new government, led by Volodymyr Zelenskiy, is showing promising signs that the country is emerging from the crisis..
The report says that the Ukrainian government and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine largely adhere to the ceasefire and disengagement regime. In addition, the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court has started its work in Ukraine..
The report’s authors urge Ukraine’s new attorney general and chief military prosecutor to immediately investigate human rights violations committed on both sides of the contact line – the territory that separates the zones controlled by the government and separatists in eastern Ukraine.
According to Keith Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, it is imperative that perpetrators be held accountable for all past and present human rights violations, regardless of which parties to the conflict they represent. She accused the authorities of the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR of refusing to admit UN observers to their territories and detention centers, despite numerous requests for this access..
Gilmore also condemned the violations committed by Russia in Crimea, annexed by Moscow in March 2014. Documented violations include the deportation of persons whose rights are protected by law, forced conscription into the army, restrictions on freedom of expression, and an increasing number of searches and raids aimed primarily at Crimean Tatars..
Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Serhiy Kislitsa blamed Moscow for the suffering of Ukrainian citizens who have been living for the sixth year in a war unleashed by Russia.
“Russia, which blatantly does not respect human rights, violates [these] rights … at home and abroad, in fact, behaves immorally, seeking to infiltrate the body created to prevent human rights violations,” said Kislitsa.
Russia has nominated itself to the UN Human Rights Council, which consists of 47 states. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry compared the possible election of Russia to the UN HRC with a “parody of justice”.