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News 1 September 2019, at 08:51

ECHR to consider Ukraine's ‘Crimean’ lawsuit against Russia in September

Marime Font

 In September, the European Court of Human Rights will consider an interstate case on a lawsuit filed by Ukraine against Russia on March 13, 2014, regarding the violation of human rights in the territory of the annexed Crimea.

 The Grand Chamber will hold the hearing on the morning of September 11, the ECHR press service told an Ukrinform correspondent in Strasbourg.

"The Government of Ukraine claims that the Russian Federation has been exercising effective control over the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which is an integral part of Ukraine, since February 27, 2014 and that the jurisdiction over the situation has led to numerous violations of the Convention [European Convention on Human Rights]," the ECHR noted.


Among the violations of the articles of the European Convention, the applicant mentions the murders of Ukrainian servicemen, law enforcement officers and civilians which are linked with the Russian Federation.

In addition, the cases of torture and arbitrary deprivation of liberty of civilians and Ukrainian servicemen, unlawful automatic granting of Russian citizenship to Ukrainian residents of Crimea are mentioned.

Ukraine provided the ECHR with the evidence of intimidation of journalists in Crimea, the use of violence, intimidation of Ukrainian clergy and Crimean Tatars.

As reported, five lawsuits Ukraine v. Russia are pending at the European Court of Human Rights, namely: "Ukraine v. Russia (on Crimea)" over human rights violations in Crimea as a result of the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation; "Ukraine v. Russia (on Donbas)" over human rights violations in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions; "Ukraine v. Russia" over the facts of the abduction of orphans and disabled children by representatives of the "Donetsk People’s Republic" and "Luhansk People’s Republic" terrorist groups in Donetsk and Luhansk regions and their illegal or actual transfer to the territory of Russia; "Ukraine v. Russia" over the violation of the rights of Ukrainian political prisoners by Russia; and "Ukraine v. Russia" over capture of the Ukrainian sailors.

In addition, more than 4,000 individual lawsuits over the events in Crimea and eastern Ukraine have been filed at the ECHR by Ukrainian citizens.


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