In Digest, Ukraine

TASS, May 21, 2015

KIEV–Ukraine has refused to guarantee protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the zone of military operations in the east.

The Ukrainian parliament has backed a decree allowing the country to rescind 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 Verkhovna Rada, 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 in compliance with its obligations under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Social Charter, in its revised version, and in connection with “the objective need to take measures to repel armed aggression of the Russian Federation, Ukraine has to temporarily rescind its commitments to upholding certain human rights [in the zone of military operations] within the limits permitted by relevant international agreements”.

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Ivan Protsenko: Ukrainian authorities and MPs, who voted in favour of that law should be declared a threat to humanity

Ivan Protsenko, one of the leaders of the antifascist movement in Kiev, who had to leave for Russia after the coup d’etat in Ukraine, wrote today on his page in Facebook:

“Today, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted a law allowing Kiev not to adhere to human rights in the ATO zone. Many people interpret it as the right not to respect some of the freedoms in Donbass. Guys, you are a bit delusional. The area of application of this horrendous anti-human law is much bigger.

As far as I remember, the ATO regime was introduced in the Odessa, Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk regions, etc., not only in Donbass. The mere fact that such laws are being introduced and, moreover, adopted, is not consistent with the humane norms, leave alone the  Minsk Agreement.

The current Kiev authorities and MPs who voted in favour of this law should be recognized as a threat to humanity for what they have already done in the course of the last year, and they should be tried at the international  tribunal, if the population does not tear them apart before they are brought to the Hague. If the UN and the OSCE turn a blind eye to such outright crimes, they become the facilitators of these crimes, as their prerogative is to regulate law systems and norms on the international level.

We have to shout about it for the entire world to hear, in order for it to hear. To start shouting at once, we should have started shouting about it yesterday. Dead people are not able to fight, they will only be the material evidence of the crimes. You have to choose: either you fight and demand the reaction of the global community, either you try to prevent the catastrophe, or you will prevent the continuation of the catastrophe by having become the evidence of the crimes, the dead evidence of the crimes. Make your choice right now.”

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