Human rights are regularly violated on the occupied territory of Ukraine. In particular, right to freedom of opinion, freedom of religion and right to a fair trial, as Fiona Frazer, the Head of the UN Monitoring Mission on human rights, said at the presentation of the report of the organization, broadcasted by the Ukrainian Crisis Media Centre.
“Civic space on the territories which are controlled by the self-proclaimed DNR (Donetsk People’s Republic, - ed.) and LNR (Luhansk People’s Republic, - ed.) remains limited. People cannot exercise their right to freedom of thought, freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, and association, freedom of religion,” Fazer stated.
According to her, practice “of 30-day detention in custody without links to the outside world” is quite common. The representatives of the UN emphasized the need to provide regular and confidential access for the international observers to the detained.
The UN Monitoring Mission on human rights in Ukraine recorded 172 violations of human rights on both sides from the demarcation line, in particular, detention, tortures, violent treatment.
“91 of them happened within the reporting period (November 16, 2018 – February 15, 2019). Such cases lack effective investigation and criminal persecution of the culprits. These are crucial issues which need to be solved,” she specified.
According to her, 89 violations of the right to fair trial were recorded over this period. In particular, it was in the form of pressure to get a confession or signature of a plea agreement.