ECHR complaint against Ukraine cannot be ignored – Zakharova


MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – July 22, 2021) Russia’s complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against Ukraine cannot be ignored and Western countries must stick to their words on the priority of rights issues, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

Earlier today, Russia lodged its first interstate complaint with the ECHR in Strasbourg against Ukraine. In the document devoted to the events following the change of power in Ukraine in 2014, the Russian public prosecutor’s office accuses Kiev of having violated the European Convention on Human Rights.

“It was human rights that were the number one concern for them [in the West]”Zakharova told broadcaster Rossiya 1.

The West claims to prioritize human rights and democracy over finance, business, economy and security, and now it should “stand by its words” in practice, according to the diplomat.

“We can ensure that information from Russia or its representatives does not reach the Western public, but documents submitted to the ECHR cannot be ignored,” Zakharova added.

Russia’s complaint to the ECHR accuses Kiev of civilian deaths, arbitrary imprisonment and ill-treatment of people during the events on Independence Square in Kiev, the 2014 massacre at the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, as well as during the ongoing hostilities in the Donbass region. It also raises issues of discrimination against ethnic and linguistic minorities in Ukraine, including the prohibition or restricted access to Russian-language broadcasters and media.

Since April 2014, Kiev has been carrying out a military operation against the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics after refusing to recognize the new central authorities, which came to power after what Donbas calls a coup.

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