During quarantine, Ukrainians were often denied the right for information. In total, there were 40% more reports of violations of citizens' rights in 2020 than in 2019. RBC-Ukraine reports citing the interview of the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova.
"In 2020, we received 40% more reports of violations of citizens' rights than in 2019. If there were about 34,000 in 2019, almost 48,500 were in 2020. 35% of these is a report about the violation of the citizen's right to appeal and to receive information from the authorities, such appeals have become more than half," Lyudmila Denisova said.
According to her, people could not get information, for example, even about the coronavirus: how to protect themselves. They addressed the central government to get information, to clarify, but they did not receive it.
“For example, various authorities just closed all receiving offices for citizens, "because we have a lockdown." But the person cannot stay without any information. Authorities stopped writing answers, again all in a lockdown, all have a quarantine. And even if something is sent, it's just a formal reply,” Denisova added.
The ombudsperson's office issued 216 reports of violations by the authorities, including protocols on administrative violations to state secretaries of ministries.
As it was reported, The US Department of State has published a report on the observance of human rights in Ukraine, which is being submitted to Congress for consideration. The document drew attention to unlawful or arbitrary killing; torture and cases of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of detainees by law enforcement personnel; harsh and life-threatening conditions in prisons and detention centers; arbitrary arrest or detention, etc.