Ukrainian MFA demands to allow ombudswoman to visit Karpyuk

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ministry protested in connection with Russian side's refusal
18:30, 17 June 2018

112 Agency

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has demanded to allow the authorized Verkhovna Rada Comissioner for Human Rights Lyudmila Denysova to Ukrainian political prisoner Mykila Karpyuk. This was stated on Twitter by the Foreign Ministry spokesman Marian Betza.

"Contrary to the arrangements, Ombudsman Lyudmila Denysova was refused a meeting with Mykola Karpyuk. We protest, we demand access, "Betza wrote.

Earlier Lyudmyla Denysova, Ukraine’s Commissioner for Human Rights, was denied to visit Mykola Karpyuk, a Ukrainian political prisoner kept in a Russian prison. It was reported on the Facebook page of the Commissioner.

“I have filed an application to the Vladimir Central Prison to meet Mykola Karpyuk. The head of the penitentiary came up to me and took my application. He stated that for now, I can meet Mykola neither as commissioner now as a private person. They cannot let me visit him as a commissioner as they have not received the relevant documents. As a private person – because the time of submitting the application was over,” Denisova noted.

She added that according to the head of the prison, the application is to be considered at the beginning of the week.

Earlier, Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine’s Commissioner for Human Rights, and her Russian colleague Tatyana Moskalkova agreed to meet in Moscow on June 18.

Moskalkova stated that the meeting would be held in her office. The parties intend to discuss the conditions of human rights defenders’ visit of the prisoners kept in Russian and Ukraine.

Denisova informed that she intended to visit Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Stanislav Klykh, Mykola Karpyuk, Roman Sushchenko and Resul Veliyev – the Ukrainian political prisoners kept in Russia.

On June 15, the Ukrainian ombudsman arrived in the prison where Sentsov is kept, but she was not let to visit him. In her turn, Moskalkova stated that Denisova violated the agreements.

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