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Denisova addresses UN with request to influence on Russia

The Ombudsman noted that Russia forcibly treat, interrogate and put psychological pressure on the political prisoners
17:53, 1 August 2018

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Lyudmyla Denisova, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Ukrainian Parliament addressed Zeid Raad Al Hussein, UN Commissioner for Human Rights with a request to influence on the Russian Federation to facilitate independent medical examination of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, the Ombudsman claimed this on Facebook.

She recalled that Russia continues to hide information on the real health condition of the political prisoners, and force them to take Russian citizenship.

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‘Russia continues to violate the rights and freedoms of the political prisoners, forcibly treat, interrogate and put psychological pressure on them,’ she said.

Despite the agreements between Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin, the ombudsman is denied to visit the detained Ukrainian citizens.

‘Despite this, I addressed Zeid Raad Al Hussein, UN Commissioner for Human Rights with a request to influence on the Russian Federation. So, they finally start following the main principles of humanism and respecting human rights, to fulfill obligations provided by the International agreements and to cooperate. Also, she asked to facilitate visits of the representatives of international humanitarian organizations to the Ukrainians detained on the territory of the Russian Federation and Crimea and to undertake an independent medical examination of Volodymyr Balukh, Oleg Sentsov, and Stanislav Klykh,’ Denisova said.

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Reportedly, Lyudmila Denisova, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Ukrainian Parliament sent a formal letter to Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova with a proposal of exchanging 36 Russian citizens detained and convicted in Ukraine for misdemeanors against the government.

As it was reported earlier, Ukraine is ready to consider the option of exchanging 13 Russians in addition to the previously voiced 23 names for Ukrainian political prisoners’ release.

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Iryna Herashchenko, the First Vice-Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament named 23 names of either convicted or detained Russians on the Ukrainian territory who are ready to be conveyed to Moscow in exchange for Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and Donbas.

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