"Horror and indignation": Ukrainian MFA comments on attack on Roma camp near Lviv

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes the strengthening of anti-Roma sentiment throughout Europe
20:39, 25 June 2018

112 Agency

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine commented on the recent dispersal of the Roma camp near Lviv, as a result of which one person was killed, four were injured. This is reported in a statement published by the press service of the department.

"The latest reports of a daring night attack on the settlement of Roma people in the Lviv region caused horror and indignation. This is not the first time that crimes against the Roma community were motivated by hatred, but this time it resulted in the loss of a person's life - a life that is of the greatest value and is the basis all other human rights, "it was reported.

The Foreign Ministry says that this crime should be considered by an interdepartmental working group that is implementing the Strategy for the Protection and Integration of the Roma, with the participation of law enforcers.

In addition, Ukrainian diplomats are noted, establishing the truth and bringing perpetrators to justice is part of Ukraine's international obligations within the framework of legal documents.

At the same time, the Ministry stated that anti-migrant and anti-Roma sentiments have been intensifying in recent years, not only in Ukraine, but throughout Europe. "Reports of authoritative international organizations record the fact that Roma continue to suffer from the lack of opportunities to meet their basic needs and rights in the richest region of the world, unfortunately, Ukraine is no exception, and therefore we must work actively to develop a real pan-European policy for overcoming these negative trends and should be part of it, "the Foreign Ministry said.

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.

Related: Attack on Roma camp in Kyiv's Holosiivky park

Related: Seven arrested for attack on Roma camp in Western Ukraine

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