The Justice Ministry has
elaborated and submitted to the European Court of Human Rights the fourth
interstate appeal "Ukraine against Russia," thus ensuring legal protection
of the citizens who suffered as a result of Russian aggression. This was
discussed at a briefing with participation of First Deputy Minister of Justice
of Natalia Sevostianova, Deputy Minister for European
Integration Serhii Petukhov
and Government Commissioner for the ECHR Borys Babin.
aggression against Ukraine has lasted for a year already. The Ministry of Justice
is actively working in the legal front to protect our citizens in the occupied
territory, those who have suffered from constant violations of their rights in
the occupied Crimea, Donbas and ATO areas", said Natalia Sevostianova.
“After the so-called
Minsk agreements, after the establishment of the occupational regime of the
Russian Federation, not only in Crimea but also in certain districts of Donetsk
and Luhansk regions we can confirm recurrent or persistent violations of human
rights under the European Convention. And that is why we have designed another inter-state
statement aimed at documentation of these facts and provide an opportunity for the
ECHR to make verdicts concerning relevant violations", Borys
Borys Babin stressed that
both in Crimea and Donbas "there are cases of violating practically each
human right under the European Convention and the protocols thereto". In
particular, we are talking about multiple deaths of civilians as a result of
hostilities, torture, taking hostages, searches of activists, schools,
religious institutions, exclusion of places of worship. We are talking about
the ban of certain religious organizations, closures and restrictions on the
activities of independent media, restrictions by the occupational authorities
of the right to peaceful assembly, and the like. Simultaneously, people are
denied the right to a fair trial.
At this, Natalia Sevostianova added: "Each Ukrainian citizen can also address
a center for free legal assistance to prepare an
individual statement to the European Court of Human Rights, if he’s lost his property,
or you or your relatives have suffered from the aggression of the Russian
The First Deputy
Minister stressed that in accordance with a Government’s directive 100 centers of free legal aid would provide assistance to IDPs
affected by the conflict.
Besides, the Government
drafted amendments to the law on simplification of registration of documents to
citizens of Ukraine residing in the territory of Crimea. "We hope that
Parliament will support the changes as priority in September, as soon as it
commences work," summed up Natalia Sevostianova.