Verkhovna Rada Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmyla Denisova stated that Ukrainians in prisons of occupied Donbas are intimidated; people demand money from them and they are kept in inhuman conditions as she reported on Telegram.
“I received news of the terrible situation in places of deprivation of liberty located in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, where Ukrainian citizens are being illegally detained. According to the received information, the leadership of the Makiivska colony #32 and the Snizhnyanska correctional colony #127 systematically intimidate and demand money from prisoners in order to illegally enrich themselves. A certain amount of money is set for every person, which must be given monthly," Denisova said.
Particularly, the Ombudsman stated that prisoners who refuse to pay to the administration of the institution are transferred to another barrack that is not suitable for a living - there are partly no doors, windows, no centralized heating, water supply, and sewerage.
Moreover, Denisova noted that the situation with the spread of coronavirus in the colony is extremely critical. Many prisoners have all the symptoms of the disease: high body temperature, severe cough, loss of taste and smell, and some have severe dyspeptic disorders. However, they are not provided with medical assistance, and the drugs donated by their relatives do not reach them due to theft by the administration.
"These facts are a direct violation of the guaranteed norms of the Article 3, European Convention on Human Rights and paragraph 22 of Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners dated August 30, 1955, approved by the Economic and Social UN Council,” Denisova added.
As we reported, there are more than 400 Ukrainian prisoners in the annexed Crimea, Russia and the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but it is impossible to exchange them on an “all for all” basis.