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Moscow says response to human rights violations in Ukraine needs to be tougher

January 26, 13:56 UTC+3
All crimes must be investigated properly, the Russian diplomat has noted
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MOSCOW, January 26. /TASS/. International agencies’ response to human rights violations in Ukraine should be tougher and more decisive, Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, told TASS on Thursday.

"If we assess the international community’s response to human rights violations in Ukraine as a whole, there has been an increase recently," he noted. "However, it is difficult to talk about its adequacy, because when the response is adequate, its practical consequences should be felt."

"Violations in Ukraine persist, unfortunately, Neo-Nazi sentiment is recorded and extremist acts continue," the diplomat said. "This suggests that the response to the human rights situation in Ukraine should be tougher and more decisive." "As for investigating crimes, our stance has remained unchanged," Dolgov stated.

"We are confident that all crimes, above all in Odessa, must be investigated, and the punishment of the perpetrators should follow." 

Russia will continue monitoring the situation in Ukraine, for obvious reasons with a special focus on the violations of Russian citizens’ rights. "The situation is absolutely unsatisfying," Dolgov said.

Moscow raises these issues at all platforms as part of the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe, Dolgov said. "We will continue raising them," he stated.

"As for investigating crimes, our stance has remained unchanged," Dolgov stated. "We are confident that all crimes, above all in Odessa, must be investigated, and the punishment of the perpetrators should follow."

At least 48 people died and 247 were injured in the clashes and the blaze in the Trade Unions House in the Ukrainian port city in May 2014. Some Ukrainian politicians asserted that the death toll reached 116, but that the Kiev authorities worked hard to cover up these detail.

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