UN representative not allowed to monitor prisons in Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

Together with this, Melzer stressed that he knew about the facts of violations of the rights of prisoners by Russian security forces
17:45, 10 June 2018

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The UN Special Rapporteur on combating torture Nils Melzer was not allowed to monitor places of detention in the annexed Crimea. He informed about this in Kyiv on Friday, June 8, Radio Liberty reports.

According to him, he was unable to visit Crimea, because the occupation authorities put a condition that the visit took place under the "procedures provided for an official visit to the national territory of the Russian Federation."

However, Melzer said that he knew about the violations of the rights of prisoners on the peninsula, in particular, that a large number of persons were transferred from Crimea to Russian Federation.

He said that he met with many victims of torture and ill-treatment by Russian security officials who left the peninsula.

We recall that in late 2017, the UN General Assembly supported the resolution submitted by Ukraine, regarding human rights violations in Crimea. The document was supported by 70 states in the UN General Assembly.

The resolution calls on Russia to take all steps to stop human rights violations.

Earlier we reported that doctors examined Ukrainian director and political prisoner Oleg Sentsov who is now in Russian prison. This was reported by the press service of the regional department of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN).

A series of clinical and instrumental examinations were conducted during the consultation of the doctors of the city hospital in Labytnanga, and recommendations were given "for further treating of the patient."

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