17:59 01.08.2018

Denisova asks UN Human Rights Commissioner to help arrange independent medical examination of Balukh, Klykh and Sentsov

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Denisova asks UN Human Rights Commissioner to help arrange independent medical examination of Balukh, Klykh and Sentsov

Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova has sent a letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein, asking for assistance in arranging visits of representatives of international humanitarian organizations to Ukrainians detained in the Russian Federation and Russian-occupied Crimea, and in conducting medical examinations of Volodymyr Balukh, Stanyslav Klykh and Oleh Sentsov.

"I have asked UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein to use all possible levers of influence on the Russian Federation so that, eventually, this state began to observe the basic principles of humanism and respect human rights, fulfill the obligations provided for by international agreements and also asked to facilitate the visits of representatives of international humanitarian organizations to the Ukrainians who are on Russian territory and in Crimea and to conduct independent medical examinations of Volodymyr Balukh, Stanyslav Klykh and Oleh Sentsov," she wrote on Facebook on Wednesday, August 1.

She also shared a copy of the letter.

Denisova expressed hope for an immediate reaction and effective cooperation with the High Commissioner.

She also stressed that the Russian side continues to hide information about the real condition of health of Balukh, Klykh and Sentsov. Russia continues detaining Ukrainians and forcibly grant them Russian citizenship. Illegal convictions of citizens of Ukraine, violation of rights and freedoms of political prisoners also take place.

In addition, Denisova says the Russian Federation continues blocking her visits to imprisoned citizens of Ukraine, despite an agreement reached between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia.

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