Foreign Ministry values UN’s concern for mutually perpetrated tortures in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

Human right watchers accuse both conflicting sides of torturing POWs
18:55, 3 June 2016

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry shares views of the UN OHCHR in Ukraine regarding the disturbing messages about possible tortures perpetrated by the SBU, Ukraine’s Security Service.

The Ministry commented on the 14th Report of the UN OHCHR in Ukraine. The report sums up the office’s activity in the country over the period of February 16 – May 15, 2016.  

“Ukraine’s position remains unchanged; no violations of human rights can remain unpunished, no matter who and when committed them. In this regard, we also value the Mission’s attention to messages about possible cases of violations and abuses perpetrated by Ukraine’s law enforcement agencies. We carefully examine the Office’s recommendations on the matter”, the commentary says.

The Ministry underlined that the UN OHCHR in Ukraine keeps an eye on the government’s efforts to bring to justice those who abuse human rights.

Previously, Ivan Simonovic, UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, claimed that the SBU and pro-Russian militants resort to systematic tortures in Donbas. The UN office’s report claims there are hundreds of such cases, when both sides abused human rights of the detained persons. The SBU already denied this information.    

Related: UN accuses Ukraine’s State Security Service of torture: The Times

Related: Human Rights Watch: both sides of Donbas conflict involved in torture incidents

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