13:10 12.12.2017

UN HRMMU denied access by 'DPR/LPR' to detainees raising concerns over their detention conditions – UN report

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UN HRMMU denied access by 'DPR/LPR' to detainees raising concerns over their detention conditions – UN report

The UN monitoring mission on human rights in Ukraine notes that it does not have access to persons detained on an uncontrolled part of the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

"In both 'Donetsk people's republic' and 'Luhansk people's republic', OHCHR continued to be denied access to detainees and places of deprivation of liberty," the 20th report on the human rights situation in Ukraine by Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, presented in Kyiv on Tuesday, reads.

The document says that "coupled with first-hand information received by HRMMU (the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine), this denial of access continued to raise serious concerns regarding detention conditions, as well as possible further human rights abuses such as torture and ill treatment.

At the same time, in government-controlled territory, OHCHR – in general – continued to enjoy unimpeded access to official places of detention. OHCHR conducted confidential interviews, in line with international standards.

However, in Kharkiv, OHCHR was denied permission for three months to hold a confidential interview with a detainee under SBU investigation, and also faced delays accessing other such detainees.

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