Thursday, February 25, 2021

Ukraine-Russia tensions: Kiev sues Moscow before the ECHR for “targeted assassinations of opponents”


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Ukraine has brought proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against Russia. Kiev accuses Moscow of having murdered “suspected opponents” on Russian territory but also on that of other European states.

Tensions between Kiev and Moscow continue. Ukraine has filed its ninth interstate complaint against its Russian neighbor to the ECHR.

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This is not the first time that Ukraine has sued its Russian neighbor before the European Court of Human Rights. This “interstate petition”, a procedure by which one state pursues another before the ECHR, is the ninth brought by Kiev against Moscow, four still being examined by the judicial arm of the Council of Europe, including Ukraine. and Russia are members.

According to this request, filed Friday, these assassinations were carried out “in Russia and on the territory of other states, including other member states of the Council of Europe, outside of a situation of armed conflict”, specified the Court which sits in Strasbourg.

The Ukrainian government also accuses Russia of “not investigating these assassination operations” and of “deliberately organizing cover-up operations aimed at thwarting efforts to find those responsible,” the Court continued without further ado. details of these assassinations. Kiev thus invokes a violation of the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights on the “right to life”, she adds.

Other pending requests

The other interstate petitions brought by Kiev against Moscow and under consideration concern “the events in eastern Ukraine, including the crash of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane, which was shot down in July 2014”. “Numerous violations of the Convention” in Crimea as well as a “naval incident which took place in the Kerch Strait in 2018 and which led to the capture of three Ukrainian navy ships and their crews”.

Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula was followed by war with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine that left nearly 13,000 dead.

(AFP)





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