Ombudsman demands investigation into anti-Roma assault performed by far-right C14

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine’s Ombudsman also demands that measures be taken to prevent attacks on Roma people
15:54, 25 October 2018

Ombudsman of the Verkhovna Rada Lyudmyla Denisova sent a request to the Kyiv National Police Office in connection with the attack on the Roma camp near the capital’s railway station. The press service of the Ombudsman reported this information.

"During the monitoring and control over the observance of the principle of non-discrimination, it was found in the media that on October 23, in the evening, radical-minded individuals attacked the Gypsy camp, which had been stationed near the Central Railway Station of Kyiv for a long time,” the message said.

“As there are signs of discrimination on the basis of nationality against the Roma minority, a request was sent to the main office of the National Police in Kyiv. The Ombudsman asks for an objective, complete and impartial investigation of all the circumstances of the incident. At the same time, it is requested to take measures to prevent such unlawful acts against representatives of Roma minority "- the Ombudsman press service said.

The Ombudsman also noted that the number of incidents based on intolerance against Roma is increasing.

“This trend is disturbing,” representatives of the Ombudsman said.

"According to the Ombudsman, such manifestations of xenophobia require special attention from law enforcement bodies, in particular, a more thorough investigation. In addition, preventive measures should be taken against incidents of racial intolerance in the future. We once again urge the public to be tolerant and show no discrimination on any grounds, "the report stresses.

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As it was reported earlier, on Tuesday, October 23, Serhiy Bondar, an activist of the far-right C14 organization, reported about the dispersal of Roma camp near the railway station. On his video, Bondar reports that after the "expulsion" of the Roma from the railway station, public service workers began to restore order there: they cleaned the garbage from all benches near which the Roma lived, cleaned the underground passages, which, according to the activist, were used by them as toilets.

The head of the Kyiv police Andriy Kryshchenko reported that the police almost every day detain Roma people who commit crimes: pickpocketing, often - sale of drugs. However, he stressed that the police simply do not have the right to chase the Roma away, because according to the law, they are citizens of Ukraine.

Founded in 2010, C14 is named after the 14-word slogan “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White Children” of American Nazi David Lane. C14 is regularly involved in numerous attacks against civilians, students, journalists, lawyers, social activists, foreigners, minorities, LGBT activists, they often conduct hate crimes and often go unpunished.

Related: Court arrests for two months two suspects in attack on Roma camp

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