The Irish human rights organization Front Line Defenders calls on the international community, in particular the International Criminal Court, to support the work of identifying persons guilty of violating human rights in Crimea and other territories occupied by Russia, as well as to provide support in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
This was reported by the human rights center "Zmina", citing the statement of Front Line Defenders.
Front Line Defenders is reported to be calling for:
- to include the issue of the exchange of civilian prisoners illegally held in Crimea and other territories occupied by Russia in the list of issues to be discussed during future negotiations between Ukraine and Russia;
- the international community, in particular the International Criminal Court, to support the work of identifying persons guilty of human rights violations in Crimea and other territories occupied by Russia, as well as to provide support in bringing the guilty to justice;
- international and regional institutions to take all possible measures to ensure the protection of human rights defenders and other categories of persons persecuted by the occupation authorities in Crimea and other occupied territories (such as the Crimean Tatars), as well as to assist in bringing to justice all those involved to the violation of their rights.
The organization also expressed concern over the kidnapping of human rights defender and public activist Iryna Horobtsova from her home in Kherson on May 13, 2022. Her exact whereabouts remain unknown, but according to unofficial information, Irina was taken to occupied Crimea. She does not have access to a lawyer, nor is she aware of the charges brought against her or her legal status.
The Irish human rights organization reminds that the European Court of Human Rights called on Russia to provide information on the whereabouts of Irina Horobtsova by September 16, 2022. Since Russia refused to comply with this request, even despite its earlier commitments, it was deprived of its right to be a party to the European Convention on Human Rights.