11.09.19 15:42

Ukraine v. Russia: ECHR completes preliminary hearing on human rights in Crimea

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has completed a hearing on the inter-state case "Ukraine v. Russia" regarding Ukraine's allegations of violations of the European Convention on Human Rights by the Russian Federation in Crimea.

Ukraine v. Russia: ECHR completes preliminary hearing on human rights in Crimea

Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

After the hearing the judges asked representatives of Ukraine and the Russian Federation several questions.

The hearing was preliminary, because the Russian side denies the jurisdiction of the claim specifically to the European Court of Human Rights.

After the hearing the Court will begin its deliberations, which will be held in private. Its ruling in the case will, however, be made at a later stage.

Ukraine lodged a respective application with the ECHR on March 13, 2014.

"The Ukrainian Government maintains that the Russian Federation has from 27 February 2014 exercised effective control over the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, integral parts of Ukraine, and has exercised jurisdiction over a situation which has resulted in numerous Convention violations," the ECHR said in a press release on the case.

Among specific violations, Ukraine alleges that there was an administrative practice of the killing of Ukrainian military servicemen, officers of law-enforcement bodies and civilians that was attributable to the Russian Federation. Furthermore, it alleges cases of torture or other forms of ill-treatment and of arbitrary deprivation of liberty of civilians and Ukrainian servicemen.

The ECHR is currently considering five inter-state cases filed by against Russia after the beginning of Russia's armed aggression. In addition, about 4,000 personal cases related to events in Crimea and eastern Ukraine were registered.

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