ECHR starts hearing in 'Ukraine v. Russia' case on human rights violation in Crimea

ECHR starts hearing in 'Ukraine v. Russia' case on human rights violation in Crimea

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has started a hearing on the inter-state case "Ukraine v. Russia" regarding Ukraine's allegations of violations of the European Convention on Human Rights by the Russian Federation in Crimea.

The hearing is taking place in Strasbourg on Wednesday, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

The Ukrainian side is represented at the hearing by Deputy Justice Minister and Agent before the European Court of Human Rights Ivan Lishchyna.

Ukraine lodged a respective application with the ECHR on March 13, 2014.

"The Ukrainian Government maintains that the Russian Federation has from 27 February 2014 exercised effective control over the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, integral parts of Ukraine, and has exercised jurisdiction over a situation which has resulted in numerous Convention violations," the ECHR said in a press release on the case.

Among specific violations, Ukraine alleges that there was an administrative practice of the killing of Ukrainian military servicemen, officers of law-enforcement bodies and civilians that was attributable to the Russian Federation. Furthermore, it alleges cases of torture or other forms of ill-treatment and of arbitrary deprivation of liberty of civilians and Ukrainian servicemen.

The ECHR is currently considering five inter-state cases filed by against Russia after the beginning of Russia's armed aggression. In addition, about 4,000 personal cases related to events in Crimea and eastern Ukraine were registered.


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