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OSCOW, May 22. /TASS/. Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) has refused to guarantee human rights protection in the area of the anti-terror mission in the country’s south-east. This decision proves the authorities have the intention for repressions in order to gain a total control over the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), experts told TASS.
Russian politicians and human rights experts were indignant at the decision, where the Ukrainian parliament decided the country would not observe the obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights.
The UN reports say that over 6,000 people were killed in Ukraine’s eastern regions. In order to put an end to the bloodshed, leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine on February 12 signed the Minsk agreements. But Kiev, experts say, by its refusal to observe human rights in eastern Ukraine, are violating the Minsk agreements.
"The Verkhovna Rada’s statement’s purpose is to violate the Minsk agreements, Ukrainians punitive forces and especially the nationalistic battalions, called volunteer battalions, have been using in Donbas tortures and violence against their opponents. From now on, these tortures and violence will continue as legal," Director of the Institute for Political Research Sergei Markov said.
"The new legal regime for eastern Ukraine, where human rights are not a matter, is another link in the chain of Kiev’s breaching of the Minsk agreements. Kiev earlier refused from its social and economic obligations to Donbas residents, thus actually introducing a blockade there. By the recent demarche, the Verkhovna Rada has doubted legitimacy of the Ukrainian state," president of the Institute for National Strategy Mikhail Remezov told TASS.
"By doing so, Kiev demonstrates what future DPR and LPR may have as parts of Ukraine. That would be a quarantine zone, where people are deprived of civil rights. This is how Kiev responds to Moscow’s suggestion on allowing DPR and LPR have autonomous statuses inside Ukraine," the expert said.
"The fact that the US and the EU are silent about Ukraine’s refusal to observe the European Convention proves "theirs" may do anything, even violate the value sacred for the West - protection of human rights," he said.
"The decision means preparations for a massacre in Donbas to legitimate genocide," member of the Russian presidential human rights council Maxim Shevchenko told TASS. "The total control over Ukraine’s south-east, which Kiev aspires, will mean mass repressions against the people in Donbas, who have participated in the referendums about proclaiming DPR and LPR and about local elections in the republics."
"I was among Russian observers both at the DPR and LPR referendums and at the elections in both republics - hundreds of thousands of people participated in them. Kiev has lists with their all names and addresses. This means Kiev’s authorities may name supporters of terrorists every voter, may arrest them and torture to receive necessary testimonies - we have many examples of similar experiences. People there once again will have to save their lives, to become refugees," he said.
"In order to prevent that catastrophe, the international community should insist Ukraine’s president does not ink the parliament’s statement to refuse from the European Convention and should insist the Minsk agreements are fulfilled," the expert said.
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