Helsinki Group files suit against Russia with the European Court for kidnapping and abuse

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2014/07/09 • News

The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU) has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights about Russia’s involvement in the abduction and abuse of hostages carried out by terrorists in Slovyansk. The court will decide whether Russian soldiers have been directly involved in kidnappings (UHHRU).
As reported on the Union’s site, “our organization hopes that the court will establish whether Russian soldiers have been directly involved in kidnappings; the Russian government will then be obliged to pay compensation to the victims.” Human rights activists say that Ukraine is not doing enough to free non-military hostages. Citing the example of the SBU employees who were taken prisoner, activists state that the former are far more likely to be exchanged for captured terrorists than actual civilians. Oleg Veremeyenko, the lawyer representing the UHHRU, claims that Russia is using the same methods in Ukraine as in Chechnya, and adds that Russian weapons in the hands of terrorists clearly point to Russian involvement in eastern Ukraine.

“Similar cases in the European Court are referred to as “Chechen”claims. The practice of taking hostages appeared in the 1990s (during the first and second Chechen campaign). Then, lawyers representing human rights organizations appealed to the court in Strasbourg under Regulation No.39 (urgent cases) and demanded the release of hostages. In our case, the challenge was to prove a link to the terrorists arriving from Russia, thus establishing the responsibility of Russian agents, meaning … the Russian government itself. We pointed to the fact that these terrorists carried the latest weapons – MANPAD complexes – worth $80,000 US, T-72 tanks, guns, armoured vehicles, etc. I hope the court will listen and hear our line of argument.” said the lawyer.

translated by Christine Chraibi

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  • Milton Devonair

    Rape, robbery, looting, murder and kidnapping. It’s what russians have always done.
    “The Chechen Phone Call”

    • sandy miller

      OMG how many more times does Ukraine have to fight for its freedom. Enough already. Why do so many people romanticize Russia. It’s a brutal, Ruthless shit hole that needs to be stopped once and for all time.

      • Milton Devonair

        Russia has always been a country full of ignorant people. I think that’s been due to the location of its power. They’re too far east to be european and what’s west of them is vast wilderness. South of them are very tribal cultures. They’ve been held captives of themselves, so along with that comes all the mental illnesses, but on a society/cultural level.
        Russia is only good in the past as the present, whenever that is, is always bad.

        People living in countries around russia or have russian populations in it (maldova for example) need to consider their national security relative to russia. The tiny country of vietnam has a HUGE military, but mostly reserves, there if needed. They border china. Ukraine and other countries should emulate this military strategy of a large percentage of their population trained to defend their nation.

        Like President Poroshenko said at the signing of the EU agreement, “Historic events are unavoidable”. I hope he also remembers that relative to how he deals with Ukraine from now on out.

  • Murf

    Just like the old USSR, taking hostages and a BS show trial.
    Russians are barbarians. Always have been, always will be.

    • Milton Devonair

      Russia surviving world war 2 will forever be recorded as one of the greatest tragedies of the world in the 20th century. And apparently that continues into the 21st century….