UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission called for investigation into deaths in Odesa in May 2014

Source : 112 Ukraine

Over the past year, there has been no significant progress in the investigation or lawsuits
20:00, 2 May 2020
The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine called for an investigation into the deaths in Odesa in May 2014, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

Matilda Bogner, chairman of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, said that after 6 years from the day of the May 2 tragedy - "violence in Odesa, which killed 48 people, not a single person was held accountable for 48 murders and deaths".

“For the past six years, families of victims have fought for justice for their loved ones. For all six years, justice has remained illusory,” Bogner said.

The document, published by the UN Monitoring Mission for Human Rights in Ukraine, provides updated information on the status of investigations and trials on the events in the center of Odesa and on Kulykovo Field.
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“Over the past year, there has not been significant progress in the investigation or the lawsuits. Regarding deaths in the city center, neither the investigation nor the lawsuits have moved forward since May 2, 2019. We also see a lack of progress in the investigation of deaths on Kulykovo Field. We also didn’t see significant progress in the criminal proceedings against police officers accused of inadequate response to clashes and riots," said Bogner.

"I urge the Ukrainian authorities to ensure accountability for perpetrators of violence on May 2. The Office of the Attorney General must ensure an effective, thorough and impartial investigation of killings and violent deaths. Court presidents should give priority to criminal proceedings in unfinished cases. Families of victims have the right to truth and justice for the death of their loved ones, "she summed up.

We recall, on May 2, 2014, during the riots 48 people were killed and more than 250 were injured in Odesa. Most of the victims of the tragedy were killed in a fire in the House of Trade Unions. The investigation established that the riots in Odesa were organized and deliberately planned.
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