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Romani camp burned in Ukraine

Ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denysova demands to hold the investigation in accordance with the law
15:18, 23 May 2018

On May 22, the Romani camp in Velyka Berezovytsia village, Ternopil region was attacked. 20 minutes reported this citing Oleksandr Bohomol, the Head of the National Police in Ternopil region.

According to the information, the attackers used the fire-arms and also burned the camp. 7 adults and 30 children were present there at the moment of the attack. All of them succeeded to escape to the forest. No injuries were reported.

A preliminary line of enquiry, the assault was a result of the conflict between the local citizens and Romani who came from Zakarpattia region. Bohomol confirmed that the claims on the Romani behavior were reported to the police.

Later the titile reported that 12 people were detained. The press service of the patrol police reported that the detained were armed with bats and were going to disperse the camp. At the moment the investigation of their involvement in the crime takes place.

Lyudmyla Denysova, the Ukrainian Parliament Commission for Human Rights reacted to the assault. Her pres service claimed that the attack has the signs of the 'discrimination on the nationality ground and inciting animosity toward Romani national minority'. She reported that the criminal proceeding was opened. Moreover, she filed the appeal to Ternopil region police with the request to assume measures in the accordance with the law.

'Lyudmyla Denysova urges the society to the tolerance, acceptance and non-discrimination at any ground – nationality, political, religious and other convictions, language, gender, ethnic and social origin', the message said.

Earlier S14 organization burned the Romani camp in Kyiv. Later the same incident took place in Lviv region.

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