ECHR to hear Ukraine case on Russia rights violations in Crimea2 min read

BY- AKASH BANSAL

The court said on Thursday that the case which was brought by Ukraine alleging Russian human rights violations within the Crimea peninsula annexed by Moscow in 2014, will be heard by the European Court of Human Rights.

An European Court of Human Rights in a statement said that the abuses alleged by Ukraine including unlawful detention, enforced disappearances,and suppression of non-Russian media had been deemed admissible and at a later date it would be followed by a judgment.

The court said that for the allegations made by the Ukraine of a pattern of shootings and killings and the alleged confiscation of Ukrainian soldiers’ property or detentions of foreign journalists, didn’t had much evidence.

After Moscow’s support for separatists and annexation of Crimea within the Donbass conflict in eastern Ukraine that has killed 14,000 people since 2014, the relation between Russia and Ukraine have been collapsed.

 Russian justice ministry focused on the allegations in their statement, thrown out by the court, which includes the foremost serious, that civilians had been murdered.

 The allegations made by the Ukraine were false which the court should instead investigate real human rights violations perpetrated against Crimeans by Ukraine not Russia, the Kremlin-backed head of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, wrote on social media.

He said the ecu court’s rulings on Russian matters were often biased and politicised.

Ukraine’s secretary of state DmytroKuleba called the ruling a victory for his country.

The case wasn’t concerned with whether, under law of nations, the annexation was lawful but had taken under consideration Russia had increased its military presence in Crimea in January-March 2014 without Ukraine’s consent, the Strasbourg-based  European Court of Human Rights said.

The annexation has not been internationally recognised and prompted the West to impose sanctions on Russia, sending relations to their lowest level since the conflict . Members of the Council of Europe are alleged to abide by the judgement of the court, which may include demands for reform or compensation, but sometimes states ignore them.

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