“Alarming" deterioration in human rights found in Ukraine: UN
United Nations monitors have found an alarming deterioration in the human rights situation in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine has been in turmoil since February when its president was forcibly removed from power after months of political unrest.
In a report the monitors raise concerns about the lack of law and order and armed groups acting with impunity.
Gianni Magazzeni is the head of the European section of the UN office of the high commissioner for human rights.
“There are unlawful acts being committed by armed groups that have seized public buildings and other important buildings in towns and in a number of villages in eastern Ukraine.” (15″)
The report draws attention to targeted killings, torture, abductions and intimidation by these armed groups whom it says seem bent on tearing Ukraine apart.
It also notes that candidates in the upcoming presidential election are being harassed and sometimes physically attacked.
While in Crimea it expresses concern about the harassment and intimidation of those who had not applied for Russian citizenship as well as the flight of thousands of Crimean tatars to other parts of Ukraine.
Claire Doole United Nations Geneva.