Ukraine Details Allegations Against Russia at the ECHR
The case was opened last year after Russia's capture of Ukrainian vessels and sailors
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Ukraine has detailed the allegations against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in regards to the seizure of three Ukrainian vesssels and capture of 24 seamen, wrote Ivan Lishchyna, the Ukrainian commissioner for the ECHR, on Facebook.
“The government demands that the Court acknowledge the fact of the violation by the Russian Federation of the rights of 24 Ukrainian seamen in the course of an illegal attack on Ukrainian ships, injuries and seizure in the Kerch Strait on Nov. 25, 2018, of their illegal detention in the penitentiary institutions of the Russian Federation and prosecution,” Lishchyna said.
Right after the incident, Kyiv appealed to the ECHR to make a formal decision asking Russia to release all the illegally captured Ukrainian sailors, but Ukraine had to provide a formal report to the court.
The case was opened at the end of last year.
“The government of Ukraine complied with the instructions of the Court and filed a full statement on Jan. 7, 2019,” Lishchyna said.
He further wrote that Russia violated various articles under the European Convention on Human Rights. They include in particular the right to life, the prohibition of torture, the right to liberty and security, and the right to a fair trial.