Human rights commissioner: 251 Ukrainians held captive in russian-occupied Donbas

22:59, 11.12.20 – UNIAN

The official says it is not possible to monitor how their rights are being observed in the Russia-occupied territory.

As many as 251 Ukrainian citizens are being held captive in Russia-occupied Donbas.

Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova said on Facebook on December 11 she had informed British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons about this during a working meeting.

“I’ve informed that 251 Ukrainian citizens are being held captive in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas. It is yet impossible to monitor the observance of their rights and conditions in places of detention. Therefore, I asked the Ambassador to turn to the International Committee of the Red Cross for more efforts to ensure their access to those territories and appropriate monitoring,” she said.

In addition, the human rights commissioner called on the ambassador to ask representatives of her country to support during the vote on December 16 a UN General Assembly resolution on the human rights situation in occupied Crimea.

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