Discussing human rights issues in the east of Ukraine

Kyiv, 1 June 2016 – Representatives of parliament, law enforcement bodies, the Ombudsperson's Office, international organizations, and international diplomatic missions in Ukraine gathered to discuss issues of investigation of human rights violations and justice in the east of the country.


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A roundtable discussion "Justice in the zone of the anti-terrorist operation and perspectives of Rome Statute's ratification" was co-organised by the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on human rights, national minorities and interethnic relationships, the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on foreign affairs, and the human rights organisation "Centre of Civil Liberties."
During the roundtable, the reports prepared by the Centre of Civil Liberties were launched. They are devoted to the issues of investigating the human rights violations as well as court proceedings in the zone of the anti-terrorist operation. In addition to the human rights activists, victims of the human rights violations and their lawyers had an opportunity to speak out during the event.
The above-mentioned reports are:

IMG 20160601 165444- "Justice in Exile": ensuring right for a fair court in the east of Ukraine, including the territories temporarily out of control of Ukrainian Government

- "Looking for Justice": investigation of crimes related to violations of the right for life, right for freedom and right for personal immunity, freedom of torture in the ATO zone
The roundtable managed to create a platform for constructive discussion on the topics raised as well as on the perspectives of engaging the international community for ensuring justice in the ATO zone.
The preparation of the reports is supported by the Democratization, Human Rights and Civil Society Development Programme in Ukraine, implemented by UNDP and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.