21.01.19 14:17

Ukraine failing its human rights commitments, - HRW report

Human Rights Watch accuses Ukrainian authorities of restricting rights and freedoms and failing to protect public activists. They also accuse Russia of human rights violations in occupied Crimea.

Ukraine failing its human rights commitments, - HRW report

As reported by Censor.NET citing Radio Svoboda, HRW mention this in their 2018 report.

"Ukrainian authorities continued to enforce discriminatory policies requiring pensioners from armed group-controlled parts of eastern Ukraine to register as internally displaced persons (IDPs) and maintain residency in government-controlled areas to access their pensions," the report reads.

Besides, the Ukrainian government continued restrictions on freedom of expression and freedom of information "seeking to justify them by citing the need to counter Russia’s military aggression in eastern Ukraine and anti-Ukraine propaganda." In this regard, they refer to Kotsaba and Vyshynskyi cases.

"Justice for conflict-related abuses and crimes committed during the 2014 Maidan protests and mass disturbances in Odesa remained unaddressed several years later, despite numerous pledges from Ukrainian authorities to ensure justice. Law enforcement failed to preserve evidence after the events and to prevent suspects from fleeing the country.

"Authorities did not conduct effective investigations into numerous assaults against anti-corruption and other community activists," HRW notes, mentioning the murder of Kateryna Handziuk.

The report also lists at least two dozen violent attacks, threats, or instances of intimidation against Roma people and LGBT people. "In most cases, the police failed to respond or effectively investigate," the report reads.

As for the situation in the occupied Crimea HRW says Russia continues to gravely violate human rights of those expressing their support of Ukraine. They mention Oleh Sentsov and Crimean Tatar activists. "The number of students in Crimea in classes with Ukrainian as the language of instruction plummeted from 12,694 in 2014 to 318 in 2018," the report concludes.

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