Ukraine called on G20-member countries to discuss issue of its political prisoners

Source : 112 Ukraine

A corresponding appeal sent to the leaders of the member countries of "Big Twenty"
20:40, 2 September 2016

The Parliament of Ukraine appealed to the leaders of member countries of "Big Twenty" and the international community to pay attention to the situation of Ukrainian political prisoners in occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea, as well as in Russia.

This is stated in parliamentary leaders' circulation, signed by Speaker Andriy Parubiy, the first deputy head of Verkhovna Rada Irina Gerashchenko and six other deputies.

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"On the eve of the G20 summit, we urge member countries of the summit and the international community to pay attention to the situation of political prisoners in the Russian Federation, on the systematic violation of human rights by the Russian Federation on the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, on the inadmissibility of illegal detention of Ukrainian citizens in the temporarily occupied Donbas and the Crimea, as well as the persecution of pro-Ukrainians, and in particular the Crimean Tatar activists,which have become a frequent occurrence in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea after its temporary occupation by the Russian Federation ", - the document says.

The appeal notes that it is currently known about 107 prisoners illegally held in the occupied territory of Donbas, and at least nine political prisoners held in Russia.

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