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Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine in English










Distr.:Restricted

15 March 2018


English only

Human Rights Council

Thirty-seventh session

26 February – 23 March 2018

Agenda item 10

Technical assistance and capacity-building

Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine*


Contents

Page

I. Executive summary 6

II. Rights to life, liberty, security and physical integrity 8

A. Conduct of hostilities and civilian casualties 8

B. Deprivation of liberty, enforced disappearance and abduction, torture and ill-treatment,

and conflict-related sexual violence 11

III. Accountability and administration of justice 14

A. Accountability for human rights violations and abuses committed in the east 14

B. Fair trial rights 14

C. High-profile cases of violence related to riots and public disturbances 15

IV. Simultaneous release of detainees under the Minsk agreements 16

A. Detention in preparation for simultaneous release 16

B. Allegations of human rights violations and abuses 16

C. Accountability and fair trial rights 18

V. Democratic/civic space and fundamental freedoms 19

A. Democratic/civic space 19

B. Freedom of religion or belief 22

C. Freedom of movement 22

VI. Economic and social rights 24

A. Right to an adequate standard of living 24

B. Right to social security and social protection 25

C. Housing, land and property rights 25

VII. Human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol 26

A. Freedom of peaceful assembly 26

B. Freedom of opinion and expression 27

C. Right to education in native language 27

D. Forced conscription 28

E. Access to public services in mainland Ukraine 28

VIII. Legal developments and institutional reforms 28

A. New legal framework concerning territory not controlled by the


Government in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions 28

B. Status of civilian victims 29

C. Law on Education 29

D. Draft legislation on missing persons 30

IX. Technical cooperation and capacity-building 30

X. Conclusions and recommendations 31



Annexes

Annex I: Endnotes 36



Annex II: Simultaneous release of detainees under the Minsk agreements 52