MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
On July 22, 2021, the Russian Federation filed an interstate complaint against Ukraine with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in accordance with Article 33 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR).
This step is long overdue. The current situation in Ukraine left Russia no choice but to involve international courts. We are talking about discrimination against the Russian-speaking population, including the defeat of educational rights; persecution of journalists and the media, systematic atrocities perpetrated against residents of Donbass during the so-called anti-terrorist operation deployed by Kiev against its own population, as well as the disastrous consequences of the actions of the Kiev authorities on the population of both Russian border territories, including the water blockade of Crimea, and other states – in connection with the non-closure of the airspace of Ukraine, which led to the disaster of flight MH-17. All the claims against Ukraine contained in the Russian lawsuit are supported by a solid body of evidence that has been accumulated over the years.
This balanced decision of the Russian authorities was the result of many factors: first, the complete disregard by international structures of the above-mentioned human rights violations in Ukraine; secondly, the continuing violation by Ukraine of its obligations under international law, as well as its own Constitution; thirdly, the inability of the Ukrainian law enforcement and judicial system to properly investigate these egregious facts.
The Russian Federation has all the legal grounds to initiate proceedings in the ECHR, since it stands in defense of the European legal order. It is the basis of the value system of the Council of Europe, and all member states of this organization have a legal interest in maintaining it.
We call on the international community to finally pay attention to what is happening in Ukraine. Russia’s appeal to the ECHR is aimed, among other things, at providing the Court with full information about the atrocities committed by the Ukrainian authorities or with their connivance, leading to numerous violations of human rights guaranteed by the ECHR.
The scale of the problem with the observance of human rights in Ukraine is also clearly illustrated by the large number of individual complaints filed with the ECHR, including in connection with the events in the southeast of the country.
We expect an impartial and non-politicized attitude of the ECHR to the Russian complaint, as well as a thorough examination by the Court of the materials and evidence presented by the claimant state.
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