The UN mission has documented torture of hostages in the Donbas

Миссия ООН зафиксировала пытки заложников на Донбассе

For the last three months in the Donbass has documented 121 cases of allegations regarding the arbitrary detention, torture, ill-treatment and sexual violence.

The monitoring mission of the UN on human rights in Ukraine has registered cases of torture and ill-treatment of hostages in the Donbas. This was stated by the Chairman of the UN Monitoring mission on human rights in Ukraine Fiona Fraser, UNIAN reports.

“27 Dec 2017 occurred simultaneous release of the 307 persons in the exchange all for all, as envisaged by the Minsk agreements. Through confidential conversations with 64 such persons on both sides of the line of contact, we have collected a significant amount of information regarding the conditions of detention and violations of human rights. All of those who were interviewed reported inhumane conditions of detention, torture or ill-treatment, including sexual violence, threats of violence and violations of the right to a fair trial,” – said Fraser.

However, she said that the mission “did little to shed light on the situation regarding those people who are on the territory controlled by armed groups”.

In particular, according to her, in the occupied territories, the mission continues to deal with cases of deprivation of access to places of detention and has the opportunity to meet privately with the hostages. She also said: “Evidence gathered during these conversations, as well as additional 130 confidential interviews with persons who are in different places on the territory controlled by the government, confirm what we have consistently reported”.

“Over the last three months we have documented 121 the case of credible allegations of arbitrary detention, torture, ill-treatment and sexual violence committed on both sides of the line of contact,” said Fraser. The report said that constant refusals of access to places of detention to meet in the occupied territories of the so-called LNR and DNR continue to cause serious concern about the detention conditions and possible human rights violations, in particular torture and ill-treatment. “Information received by the Office of the UN high Commissioner for human rights directly from a number of detainees, in particular some of those who have been released by armed groups in the framework of the simultaneous release of “all for all”, confirms the presence of grounds for such concern,” the report said.

It is also noted that in the period from 16 November 2017 to 15 Feb 2018 115 were documented credible reports of unlawful or arbitrary detention had taken place on both sides of the line of collision. In 15 of these cases there were violations of human rights. In particular, the UN Monitoring mission noted that three cases involved the security Service of Ukraine, and the 12 – armed group of militants

In addition, the so-called police arrested 446 people in the occupied territory of the Donetsk region for violation of the curfew from 16 to 18 March. About it reports a press-service of the so-called Ministry of interior.

“For violating the curfew was arrested 446 people. Responsible 8 offenders for disorderly conduct…”, – stated in the message.

It is also noted that one man arrested for willful disobedience.

Recall that in the Ukrainian penitentiary system in the past year, there have been cases of torture.

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