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Russia is fully responsible for human rights violation in annexed and temporary occupied territories of Ukraine – Resolution №462-VIII to Council of Europe


The official website of the Council of Europe has published the Declaration “On Derogation from Certain Obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms” which states that the Russian Federation is fully responsible for the violation of human rights in annexed and temporary occupied Crimea and areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine.

“Derogation contained in a Note verbale from the Permanent Representation of Ukraine, dated 5 June 2015, registered at the Secretariat General on 9 June 2015. On the 21st May 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved the Resolution №462-VIII by which it adopted the Declaration “On Derogation from Certain Obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms” , states Treaty Office of the Council of Europe.

The Declaration says that the Russian Federation, which illegally annexed Crimea, and occupies and exercises control over certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, is fully responsible for respect for and protection of human rights in these territories under international humanitarian law and international human rights law, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed both by regular Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and by the illegal armed groups guided, controlled and financed by the Russian Federation.

“Due to the annexation and temporary occupation by the Russian Federation of the integral part of Ukraine – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol – as a result of armed aggression against Ukraine, the Russian Federation is fully responsible for respect for human rights and implementation of the relevant treaties in annexed and temporary occupied territory of Ukraine,” states the Declaration.

“The Russian Federation, which actually occupies and exercises control over certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, is fully responsible for respect for and protection of human rights in these territories under international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

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