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UN human rights officials can't get access to mass graves in eastern Ukraine

October 08, 2014, 14:54 UTC+3
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) calls for an inquiry in reports on mass graves in troubled eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region
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A militia fighter guards a mass grave found in eastern Ukraine

A militia fighter guards a mass grave found in eastern Ukraine

© AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

GENEVA, October 8. /TASS/. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called for an inquiry in reports on mass graves in troubled eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region and urged to preserve all evidence. Head of the OHCHR branch for the Americas, Europe and Central Asia Gianni Magazzeni told reporters on Wednesday, that officials of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights monitoring mission are not granted access to mass graves in troubled eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region

United Nations' regular report on human rights in Ukraine didn't reflect the issue of mass graves discovered in eastern Ukraine. The document covers the period from August 18 to September 16, 2014.

Unidentified mass graves in southeast Ukraine are formally not subject to consideration by the rights monitoring mission of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). However, the global organization earlier pledged to touch upon the issue in its sixth report.

Mass graves found in eastern Ukraine

Militia fighters found several mass graves near the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk. It was reported on September 23. The sites of mass graves were earlier occupied by Ukrainian troops and volunteer battalions.

After examination of one of the graves, forensic experts concluded that people buried there had been killed by shots to the head at close range.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry, parliamentarians, public and human rights organizations have called for an international probe into the discovery of mass burial sites.

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