UN presents report on human rights in Eastern Ukraine

10 Sep

Helping to keep record of war victims

At least 7,962 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since mid-April 2014, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein said on September 9, 2015 during the presentation of the 11th report of the Monitoring Mission of the United Nations on human rights in Ukraine. According to him, this count includes Ukraine’s Armed Forces, civilians and illegal militants. At least 17,811 people were injured.

The report, covering the period from 16 May to 15 August 2015, takes note that the number of civilian casualties more than doubled compared to the previous three months. 105 people were killed and 308 injured compared with 60 killed and 102 wounded between 16 February and 15 May. It also states that during the reporting period, most of the civilian casualties resulting from attacks occurred in territory controlled by armed groups. Zeid said that heavy weapons have not been fully pulled out.

The report is also concerned about the development of illegal authorities in the occupied Donbas, and the situation of civilians living in the conflict zone who often have restricted access to food and water. Complex rules are in place of crossing the boundary line, and that puts people at risk. The report also documented killings, abductions, torture and ill-treatment, sexual abuse, forced labor, ransom and money extortion by the so-called “People’s Republics”, still home to about 3 million people. Also, human rights, according to the report, were further violated in the occupied Crimea.

“Former activists of the Maidan who are the Crimean residents continue to be under close supervision of the “investigation” authorities. Dissenting voices continue to effectively get squeezed out of public space, especially those Crimean Tatar organizations which the de facto government considers disloyal or accuses of extremism.”

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