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22 july / 2020


The human rights situation in Ukraine continues to degrade. The Kyiv authorities adopt legislative acts contrary to the rules of national law and international obligations. Human rights activists document systemic violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms. Referring to the need to combat the so-called Russian aggression and separatism, political opponents, independent journalists, media outlets, and undesirable members of public organizations are being prosecuted. The rights of internally displaced persons, the Russian-speaking population, and representatives of national minorities are limited. The clergy and parishioners of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church are being prosecuted.
The right to liberty and security of person is not respected. In Ukraine, there are numerous facts of illegal detention, torture, intimidation, ill-treatment, sexual violence, including to obtain confessions or compel cooperation.
Numerous problems that exist in Ukraine came to the attention of many international human rights monitoring structures, including human rights treaty bodies, special procedures of the UN Human Rights Council, as well as international and Ukrainian non-governmental human rights organizations. All these structures noted the systemic nature of human rights problems in Ukraine and were concerned that the identified problems required the closest attention of the authorities and serious efforts to address them. However, the developments prove the inability and unwillingness of the Ukrainian authorities to remedy the existing significant human rights violations.

Report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation: