UN expects Ukraine to look into attacks against minorities

Source : 112 Ukraine

This includes incidents that involve the abuse of the Roma minority and LGBTI members
12:41, 1 June 2018

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The repeated cases of assault on national minorities in Ukraine need a comprehensive investigation; the UN insisted on it in the most recent report, released on the official website.

The UN office in this country urged the Ukrainian government to carefully look into all such cases. 

'The past month saw three arson attacks on Roma settlements in western Ukraine, Lviv and Ternopil, and in the capital, Kyiv. The attacks resulted in the forced evictions of the Roma communities. The National Police has initiated investigations under hooliganism charges (in one case with firearms). In a separate case, on 24 May, a lawyer for a Roma community was beaten and faced death threats. He represents victims of an earlier attack on a Roma settlement in 2017, when one Roma man was killed and many beaten. To date, no one has been held accountable for this killing and violence', the message says.

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The UN claimed that such cases of violence, 'along with widespread social media messages that may amount to hate speech and incitement to hatred against Roma, LGBTI community and other minority groups, are indicators of growing intolerance. This should be immediately addressed to prevent further such violence in Ukraine'.

Fiona Frazer, Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine added that 'the lack of accountability in violent attacks against minorities and evictions of Roma in previous years has fuelled impunity'. 'We urge the Government to demonstrate zero tolerance by publicly condemning such acts, by investigating all attacks against minorities, by bringing perpetrators to account and by guaranteeing the right to non-discrimination and equality', the official said.

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