Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
27th February, 2016
Human rights advocates Amnesty International published a report on the observance of human rights in the world in 2015 – 2016. According to “Korrespondent”, who references the study, Ukraine has become an extremely dangerous place to express pro-Russian views: In April, Oles Buzina was killed, and journalist Ruslan Kotsaba became the first Ukrainian prisoner of conscience in five years when in February he was placed in custody on charges of treason.
As was written by Korrespondent, in parts of the report about Ukraine emphasis is placed on aspects such as the armed conflict in the East of the country, the punishment of those responsible for war crimes, flagrant and violations of international humanitarian law, crimes committed during the “euromaidan”, and freedom of expression and LGBT rights.
It is noted that at the end of the year the UN estimates the death toll in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine to have exceeded 9,000 persons, including 2,000 civilians, “many of whom were, apparently, killed by indiscriminate rocket and mortar attacks”.
“Despite the fact that the Ukrainian authorities have initiated several criminal investigations into suspected violations committed by Ukrainian forces – mainly paramilitary groups – as of the end of the year there had been no convictions. Total impunity persisted in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions; the prevailing lawlessness in these areas has worsened everywhere “, – said the study.