Human Rights Watch: both sides of Donbas conflict involved in torture incidents
Report of Human Rights Watch says both sides used cluster munitions
Ukrainian military and pro-Russian militants are allegedly involved in inappropriate treatment of detainees in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, says Human Rights Watch report 2015.
“There are credible evidence that both sides in Donbas conflict are involved in torture, cruel and humiliating treatment of detainees,” – says the report.
Human rights defenders note that although ceasefire regime has been active since September, sporadic military action continues and the laws of war have been breached by both parties.
“Both parties carried out attacks using cluster munitions, killing or injuring civilians. There are clear evidence that several types of anti-personnel mines were used in eastern Ukraine, though by the time the report was drawn up it was impossible to establish the responsible party,” – continues the report.
Human Rights Watch points out that restricted movement over the line of conflict, imposed in January 2015 banns access of civilians in uncontrolled territories to necessary services available in the territories controlled by Ukraine.
“Movement restrictions also hinder delivery of humanitarian aid. As a result, currently there is a serious shortage of medication and medical equipment in uncontrolled territories. This crisis in healthcare first of all affects most vulnerable groups of patients,” – it is mentioned the report.
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