European Court of Human Rights to hold hearing in case of Ukraine v. Russia on September 11

14:57, 9 September 2019

The European Court has previously held two hearings in this case.

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will hold a hearing in the case of Ukraine against Russia on September 11 at 9:15. The official website of the ECHR reports. The original application was lodged on 13 March 2014.

The Ukrainian Government maintains that the Russian Federation has from 27 February 2014 exercised effective control over the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, an integral part of Ukraine, and has exercised jurisdiction over a situation which has resulted in numerous Convention violations. The Government allege that the violations are a result of general administrative practice by the Russian Federation.

The applicant Government relies on several Articles of the European Convention on Human Rights. In particular, the applicant Government allege 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, Ukraine alleges cases of torture or other forms of ill-treatment and of the arbitrary deprivation of liberty of civilians and Ukrainian servicemen…

The Government of Ukraine complains that Ukrainian court judgments were reclassified under Russian legislation and that convicted people were transferred to Russian Federation territory and the Ukrainian nationals living in Crimea were subjected to the unlawful imposition of automatic Russian citizenship and that a refusal to receive Russian citizenship deprived people of many rights. There were allegedly cases of attacks, abductions, ill-treatment and harassment of journalists doing their work.

It also states that there has been harassment and intimidation of religious ministers who are not members of the Russian Orthodox Church, which has particularly affected Ukrainian Orthodox priests and imams.

(c) 112 International 2019

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