Human rights activists demand a proper investigation of crimes during the conflict in Donbas
10:10 / 18 Jul. 2016 / 127
Human rights activists expressed their concern regarding the lack of proper investigation of crimes committed since the beginning of the armed conflict in Donbas.
Those responsible for committing numerous serious human rights violations on the non-government controlled territory continue their criminal activities without being involved to justice,” – Yevhen Zakharov said, the director of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group.
According to Zakharov, some of the crimes committed during the military operations in the Donbas can reach international level.
Human rights activists say that since the beginning of the conflict there is a significant increase in the number of cases of killings and enforced disappearances, torture and ill-treatment, illegal detention and destruction of property, cases of sexual and gender-based crimes committed against women and men, although so far to date such cases were not properly investigated.
According to activists, the gaps in Ukrainian legislation, problems with access to areas that are not controlled by the authorities of Ukraine, as well as lack of political will for proper investigation and prosecution of those responsible for these crimes, create the situation in which these crimes will be dealt in the international institutions.
Each case has been documented to investigate the case effectively. And those who are guilty must be punished. So, the victims could receive adequate compensation and have the appropriate treatment … The investigation must be conducted at both the national level and internationally, – Alexander Pavlichenko said, the deputy director of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group.
The UN does not want the Minsk Agreements become amnesty for the killers.