Council of Europe condemns attack on Roma people in Lviv

Source : 112 Ukraine

European partners require a transparent and rapid investigation of the incident
20:38, 24 June 2018

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The Council of Europe condemned the attack on the Roma camp near Lvшv, as a result of which one person was killed and 4 others were injured. About this on his page on Twitter, wrote a spokesman for the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Daniel Holtgen.

"We condemn the attack on the Roma people, as reported by the police today, and we are horrified that this time one person was killed. We expect a full and transparent investigation without delay, "he wrote.

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We recall, on Saturday, June 23, late at night a group of unidentified persons attacked the Roma camp near Lviv. As a result of the attack, one person was killed, another 4 were injured.

Earlier, the international non-governmental organization Freedom House noted the increase of attacks by ultra-right nationalists on members of minorities since the beginning of 2018. The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission also notes that attacks by groups of right-wing radicals often go unpunished.

We reported another attack on Roma camp occurred in Holosiivsky park in Kyiv. The incident took place on Thursday evening, the police said.

'According to the press service, a group of people who lived in a temporary settlement abandoned it; then, a group of men who carried axes and sledgehammers arrived at the scene. They destroyed the buildings, preventing the local park staff from clearing the area, and recorded videos while tearing down the constructions', the message said.

It appeared that the attackers were the members of the National Squads, the local far-right activists

The police opened the criminal investigation into the incident, defining it as hooliganism.

Previously, the UN insisted that the repeated cases of assault on national minorities in Ukraine need a comprehensive investigation.

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 said.

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