UN observers issued a report on human rights violations during the crisis in Ukraine.
The monitoring mission of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has prepared an extensive report on the situation in Ukraine. It was presented on Wednesday, June 18, and includes a report on developments in the country, which took place May 7 – June 7, 2014.
The report notes that human rights violations in the east include abduction, detention, torture and murder. The preamble of the document emphasizes that most often these actions are committed by Ukrainian military forces. Often journalists working in eastern Ukraine become victims of arbitrary attacks.
Thus, in mid-May Italian journalist Andrea Rokkelli and his translator Andrei Mironov were hit by artillery fire of a Ukrainian military near Slavyansk. Both died. UN also recalled the arrests of Ukrainian and Russian reporters.
The human rights activists say that the Ukrainian state media only adds heat to the atmosphere, provokes people by tough rhetoric and reinforces divisions between people in the country.
UN observers report that violence and lawlessness reign in the South-East of the country. According to them, there are frequent kidnappings of people who are not involved in hostilities, looting and killing of civilians. In addition, there were established cases when the Ukrainian army bombed hospitals and kindergarten.
Observers report spontaneous disappearances of people related to government investigations. According to the UN, only from April to June 387 people have been abducted on both sides, including 39 journalists. Rights activists report frequent strange disappearances of pro-Russian activists. For example, the report mentions 11 cases of detention by Ukrainian special services of people who later ended up missing.
The biggest concern are the vulnerable – women and children. Thus, in the Donetsk and Lugansk republics experts from UNICEF inspected more than 200 children and found that every second child suffers from sleep disorders, depression and outbursts of anger. In addition, the report mentions that Ukrainian state does not pay out pensions in Donetsk and Lugansk areas for the last two months.
A separate report focuses on events in Odessa on May 2. In particular, the UN observers citing “confidential sources” indicate… --> continue reading →