It is time we all stand up together and put a stop to the politics of demonization which is creating a divided and dangerous world. This call was expressed in the annual report of the Amnesty International.
“With the launch of its Annual Report, Amnesty International calls on people around the world to not let the rhetoric of fear, blame and hate erode the vision for an open society based on equality. If each individual takes a stand and acts to protect our human rights, together we can turn the tide,” the message of the human rights organization says.
“Sporadic low-scale fighting continued in eastern Ukraine with both sides violating the ceasefire agreement. Both the Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatist forces continued to enjoy impunity for violations of international humanitarian law, including war crimes, such as torture. Authorities in Ukraine and the self-styled People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk conducted unlawful detention of individuals perceived to support the other side, including for use in prisoner exchanges,” the organization reports.
“The long-awaited State Investigation Bureau, intended to investigate violations by the military and law enforcement officials, was formally established but not operational by the end of the year. Independent media and activists were not allowed to work freely in the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. Media perceived as pro-Russian faced harassment in government-controlled territories,” the message also said.
Amnesty International also criticized Russian rule in Crimea:
“In Crimea, the de facto authorities continued their campaign to eliminate pro-Ukrainian dissent. It increasingly relied on Russian anti-extremism and anti-terrorism legislation and criminal prosecution of dozens of people perceived to be disloyal.”
At the same time, the organization positively noted Ukraine’s events:
“The largest-ever Pride march for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the capital, Kyiv, was supported by the city authorities and effectively protected by the police.”
Earlier it was reported that Amnesty International urged parties to the conflict in Donbas to punish those responsible for illegal detention. The organization noted that there are no positive developments in this regard, especially it is not observed in the militants’ side.