Representatives of the Coalition ‘Justice for Peace in Donbas’ have recently met with the representatives of more than 20 delegates of European diplomatic representations and international organizations. Along with the partners—The German Russian Exchange (Berlin) and Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Warsaw)—the representatives of the Coaltion outlined current human rights situation in Donbas.
During the event the spokespersons took the stock of the project «European Support for the Effective Monitoring of Human Rights in Eastern Ukraine», implemented last year. Volodymyr Shcherbachenko, head of board at Eastern-Ukrainian Center for Civic Initiatives, inter alia, has shared the results of the research on violence in the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine. Olexandra Dvoretska and Kostyantyn Reytskyy, co-coordinators at CF “Vostok-SOS” evidenced the facts of difficult social conditions due to an armed conflict. Valeriy Novykov, the chairman of Luhansk regional human rights center “Alternative” described the problem of shelling of civilian objects, healthcare facilities in particular.
There was a lively discussion on current situation in Avdiyivka and on issues of investigation of crimes committed during the armed conflict. Humanitarian and political situation in Donbas too have been among main concerns of those present at the meeting. Diplomats of the embassies of Great Britain, Switzerland, France, Hungary and other countries wondered whether it’s possible to hold the elections on the temporarily occupied territories.
The spokesmen of the event stated their clear position regarding the recent statement of the Ambassador of Germany in Ukraine Ernst Reichel. The Coalition representatives along with Stefan Melle (The German Russian Exchange) and Bogna Chmielewska (Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights) emphasized the impossibility of elections on the temporarily occupied territories until Russian forces are pulled out of Ukraine.