Ukraine files complaint against Russia with ECHR
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has accepted Ukraine's compliant against Russia and has called on the sides to refrain from measures that may entail violations of the rights of Ukraine's civilian population.
The ECHR press service said that the Ukrainian government's complaint against Russia was submitted on March 13, 2014 under Article 33 (inter-state cases) of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"They also submitted a request under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court for an interim measure indicating to the Russian government, among other things, that it should refrain from measures which might threaten the life and health of the civilian population on the territory of Ukraine," reads the statement.
"With a view to preventing such violations and pursuant to Rule 39, the president calls upon both contracting parties concerned to refrain from taking any measures, in particular military actions, which might entail breaches of the Convention rights of the civilian population, including putting their life and health at risk, and to comply with their engagements under the Convention, notably in respect of Articles 2 (right to life) and 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment). Both states were also asked to inform the court as soon as possible of the measures taken to ensure that the Convention is fully complied with," reads the statement.
In addition, the statement notes that under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court the court "may indicate to the parties of any interim measure which it considers should be adopted in the interests of the parties or of the proper conduct of the proceedings before it."
"The inter-state application has been registered under No. 20958/14, Ukraine v. Russia," reads the statement.