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UN warns of ‘alarming deterioration’ in human rights in eastern Ukraine

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in 2009 (UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre/Flickr)

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in 2009 (UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre/Flickr)

The United Nations has issued a warning about an “alarming deterioration” of human rights in eastern Ukraine, a report which Russia claims ignored Ukrainian government abuses.

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The report also stated that there are “serious problems” of harassment and the persecution of ethnic Tatars in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in March and is made up mostly of ethnic Russians.

Violence between pro-Russian separatists and pro-Ukrainian forces has resulted in dozens of deaths in eastern and southern Ukraine this month.

On Sunday, the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk declared independence from Ukraine in a referendum. The U.S. viewed the referendum as illegitimate and Russia stopped short of annexing the territories as they have requested.

In addition, pro-Ukrainian volunteer forces are gaining in numbers in order to fight the separatists, which is raising concerns of a civil war.

The conclusions of the UN were detailed in a 37-page report, the second monthly assessment of the crisis in Ukraine.

“Those with influence on the armed groups responsible for much of the violence in eastern Ukraine [must] do their utmost to rein in these men who seem bent on tearing the country apart,” UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said in Geneva, according to the BBC.

The report notes a few troubling developments in eastern and southern Ukraine, including peaceful demonstrations that deteriorate into violence. The demonstrations reportedly consist mostly of supporters of Ukrainian unity.

Protesters have been attacked and beaten and local police do nothing to prevent the violence. Sometimes, the local police even co-operate with the attackers, according to the UN.

“UN monitors have also documented cases of targeted killings, torture and abduction, primarily carried out by anti-government forces in eastern Ukraine,” the BBC reports.

Russia’s foreign ministry, on the other hand, said that the UN report was not objective.

The foreign ministry said the authors followed “political orders” to whitewash the interim leaders in Kiev, who are pro-Western.

The report ignored “the crudest violations of human rights by the self-proclaimed Kiev authorities,” according to the foreign ministry’s statement.

Meanwhile, some U.S. senators are taking steps to push America even further away from Russia.

Sens. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced legislation that would ban any Pentagon contracts with Russian arms dealer Rosoboronexport.

The legislation would end all current contracts and forbid the direct or indirect use of American tax dollars on contracts or agreements with the Russian company, according to Fox News.

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2 Responses to UN warns of ‘alarming deterioration’ in human rights in eastern Ukraine

  1. John USN May 19, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Every time UN declares human rights violation beware. It refers only to the violation of their masters/puppet. Did UN complain of extreme human rights violation and sufferings in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc etc etc. Yeah every time there is crisis UN warns this and that. Ban Ki moon and his cohorts and masters are parts of the problem. I used to have extreme respect for UN now, they are responsible for all the crises in the third world. United Nations of puppets.

  2. Stan Squires May 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    I am from Vancouver,canada and I wanted to say that in the first decade of the 20th century England wanted to take control of the middle east countries.At the same time Wilhelm II of Germany went on a trip to Palestine. While he was there he managed to secure a deal to build a railway in Baghdad.So Edward VII of England didn’t like the idea of Germany getting the edge on him with regard to the middle east.Then Edward VII came up with the “Encirclement” Plan.He decided to isolate Germany with imperialist Anti-German countries.
    Today the EU with the help of Canada and the USA is doing the same with Russia.Hopefully they will fail.


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