On 27 March, the EU Spokesperson announced that according to the latest report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the practice of arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment of conflict-related detainees in eastern Ukraine continues. The OHCHR report refers to the so-called ‘Luhansk People's Republic’ and the ‘Donetsk People's Republic’.
The EU reaffirmed that all sides must respect their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law. The Spokesperson further added: “The accounts from released detainees of the conditions of their detention in the OHCHR reports are appalling. The EU expects immediate and comprehensive investigations into these reported violations.”
The EU emphasised that independent international observers, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and the OHCHR, must be granted full and unconditional access to all detainees and places of detention.
“In this context, the EU expects Russia to exert its considerable influence over the armed formations it backs in order to achieve a sustainable and peaceful political solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine,” concluded the statement,
reiterating the EU’s full support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders.
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