AI: Sentsov and Kolchenko case should be passed to ECHR

Source : 112 Ukraine

The prisoners were subjected to torture by Russian law enforcement forces in order to get testimony
19:15, 25 August 2015


Lawyers of Amnesty International (AI) in Ukraine states that the case might be passed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). They apply to the third article of European Convention on Human Rights, which says that no one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

“So, definitely, this case has a real perspective to be heard in the European Court, another thing is that you need to get to the level of ECHR first. In order to submit an application to the European Court, all the national institutions should be passed,” said Bohdan Ovcharuk, one of the AI lawyers.

The lawyers of Sentsov and Kolchenko may also require the extradition to Ukraine.

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in a high-security penal colony, and Ukrainian left-wing activist Olexander Kolchenko was penalized with 10 years in high-security penal colony. The sentence was pronounced few hours ago by North Caucasus District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

The solidarity actions took place in Kyiv, Paris, Stockholm, and Warsaw. 

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