Verkhovna Rada Commissioner on human rights Lyudmila Denisova has appealed to the UN high Commissioner for human rights Zeid RA’ad al-Hussein with a request to use all possible leverage on the Russian Federation to assist in conducting independent medical examination of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. She wrote about this on his page in Facebook.
She recalled that Russia continues to hide information about the real condition of political prisoners, and to detain Ukrainians and forced to translate them into Russian citizenship.
“Continues to violate the rights and freedoms of political prisoners – forced cures, uses torture and psychological pressure,” she wrote.
She also recalled that despite the agreement between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia continues to block the possibility of visits of the Ombudsman to the imprisoned citizens of Ukraine.
“Despite this, I turned to the UN high Commissioner for human rights Zeid RA’ad al-Hussein with a request to use all possible leverage on the Russian Federation. So, in the end, the state began to espouse the fundamental principles of humanism and respect for human rights, to fulfill obligations envisaged by international agreements and cooperate. Also asked to facilitate the visits of representatives of international humanitarian organizations to Ukrainians held in Russia and Crimea and conduct an independent medical examination of Vladimir Baloga, Stanislaus CLA and Oleg Sentsov,” said Denisov.
We will remind, Parliament Commissioner for human rights Lyudmila Denisova has sent the Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova official letter with the offer to exchange 36 Russian citizens, detained, or convicted in Ukraine for crimes against the state.
Earlier it was reported that Ukraine is ready to consider the possibility of giving Russia another 13 of its citizens, in addition to the previously announced “list of 23” for the release of political prisoners.
Prior to this, Gerashchenko announced the names of 23 Russians that Ukraine is ready to exchange on their political prisoners. By the way, Wyszynski was not among them. Recently, she turned to the Director for operational management of the International Committee of the red cross Dominic Stillhart with a request to check the conditions of detention and state of health of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and occupied territories of Donbass and Crimea.