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ECHR should establish when Russia took control over Crimea, - judge

The Ukrainian side insists that Russia has controlled the peninsula since February 2014
14:28, 31 October 2018

Anna Yudkovska
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During the consideration of the Crimean part of the 'Ukraine against Russia' case, the European Court on Human Rights (ECHR) should foind out the date when Russia assumed control over the Crimean peninsula. Hanna Yudkivska, the judge to the ECHR from Ukraine made such statement, as Yevropeiska Pravda reported.

As she explained, Russia is accused of the numerous violations of the human rights, including the persecution of the national minorities.

'It is about Article 2 of the Convention on the right to live, Article 3 on the prohibition of torture and Article 5 on the right for liberty. The kidnapping of the activists took place there, as well as violations of freedom of speech, when the journalists were arrested and deprived of the equipment and materials and many other facts,' she said.

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Due to this, it is necessary to establish the date when Russia took control over the territory.

'Despite the fact that the Council of Europe finds Crimea Ukrainian, the state that controls the peninsula is proclaimed guilty in violation of human rights there, so the ECHR needs to establish when Russia claimed responsibility for the systematic violations of human rights in Crimea,' Yudkivska reported.

Related: Ukraine protests against strengthening of Russian repressions in Crimea

The Ukrainian side claims that Russia has taken control over Crimea since February 2014, before the annexation of the peninsula on March 27, 2014.

Earlier, Ukrainian Justice Ministry filed six complaints against Russia, submitting them for consideration by the ECHR. One of the appeals concerns the violations of political prisoners' rights.

Related: Crimeans not to be prosecuted for military service in Russia, - Crimean Prosecutor’s office

Reportedly, Ukraine has filed a lawsuit in ECHR against Russia, due to the violation of Ukrainian political prisoners' rights. In particular, the Ukrainian Government states the systemic violations of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms by the Russian side.  

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