Ukraine signs decree allowing human rights disregard in Donbas after all

Ukraine signs decree allowing human rights disregard in Donbas after all | Русская весна

Ukraine’s parliament speaker Volodymyr Groysman signed a decree on Monday on endorsing last week’s statement of MPs on refusing to guarantee protection of human rights in the country’s east, the parliament’s website has said.

The Verkhovna Rada adopted a statement on "Ukraine’s rescinding its commitments outlined in the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Social Charter." Thursday’s second reading of the decree was passed by 249 votes in the parliament, 23 more than the minimum required.

An explanatory note to the document says that in view of Ukraine’s inability to protect human rights to the fullest extent on the territory of the military operation in Donbas and citing the need to repel Russia’s "aggression," Kiev has to temporarily rescind its commitments to upholding certain human rights.

Commenting this move Russia’s OSCE envoy Andrei Kelin told a session of the OSCE Permanent Council that the decision come in order to legalize criminal lawlessness of Kiev troops in Donbas.

It is to be reminded that human rights have not been fully observed for more than a year. Kiev ignored its constitutional obligation to repay rents and pensions to Donbass residents leaving thousands of people with no means of leaving at all. A humiliating ghetto-pass filtration system has been established on the borders of the two young republics not allowing people to move freely inside their own country. 

Besides, as Russian Spring has already reported human rights neglect had been registered and reported by Amnesty International: Ukraine's Right Sector kidnapps people, demands ransom