The Ukrainian side could have changed the addresses of detention facilities where prisoners from the DPR are held in order to hide the fact of ill-treatment from representatives of the UN Monitoring Mission. The guess was expressed today by the Human Rights Ombudsman in the Republic Daria Morozova.
“We always cooperate with UN human rights representatives. The visit of the Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture was within this cooperation,” said the DPR Ombudsman. – But, as you know, the Ukrainian side did not allow the UN in; now declaring that they are ready for the visit. I’m afraid, however, that the addresses of the prisons have been changed again.”
It should be noted that the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture began its work in Ukraine on May 18, 2019, although on May 25, according to Ukrainian media, the visit was terminated, as the SBU denied the mission access to places of detention in Kramatorsk and Mariupol.
In turn, the DPR delegation at the Minsk talks repeatedly raised the issue of granting international organizations access to places of deprivation of liberty, including unlawful places of detention. Representatives of Kiev denied the information about secret prisons.
We recall that today the Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Fiona Frazer and the DPR Ombudsman visited a prison in the territory of the Western penal colony in Makeevka, where 31 prisoners of war are held. As a result of the inspection, Ms. Frazer did not find any violations of the detention conditions.