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Intern. human rights bodies confirm Russia’s White Book reports on Ukrainian abuse
International organizations have confirmed the reports contained in the Russian White Book listing the human rights violations by Kiev troops in Eastern Ukraine.
Said the Russian Foreign Ministry’s top human rights official.

For the first time Human Rights Watch clearly recognized  that the Ukrainian military are using multiple-launch missile  systems and banned weapons against civilians in Donbass. This  confirms the data contained in the White Book released by the  Russian Foreign Ministry,” Foreign Ministry’s  plenipotentiary for Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Konstantin  Dolgov told a news conference in Moscow. “Rights activists  must put pressure on the West and on Kiev authorities to prevent  further crimes,” the official added.
The conference was to mark the publication of the third edition  of the White Book. The updated edition contains documented proof  of new crimes and abuses, in particular those connected with the  strategy of “social and economic strangling” of the  eastern republics by the Kiev regime.
Earlier this week the Human Rights Watch group said Kiev had  failed to investigate its army’s use of prohibited cluster bombs  against civilians and recommended the International Criminal  Court be invited to investigate.

Dolgov said the White Book was a project that would meet strong  opposition “from the Kiev authorities and from the Western  countries where the double standard policy has become some sort  of domestic brand.” The main objective of the White Book is to provide the  international community with facts and draw additional attention  to human rights violations to such bodies as the UN, OSCE and the  Council of Europe. The most important thing is to start an  independent and unbiased probe into all the crimes committed  against civilians in Ukraine, the Russian diplomat said.
The book has been amended with reports on the shelling of Donetsk  residential districts, on the deaths of children, on mass  civilian graves, on Kiev’s troops deliberately targeting the  civilian infrastructure and on the contradictions surrounding the  downing of the Malaysian airliner.

It also gives updated casualty figures, with 4,000 confirmed  killed, and 9,000 wounded since the beginning of the conflict.  Many of the victims are women and children, elderly people and  disabled persons, the Russian report reads. The original White Book published in May and updated in July was  compiled on the basis of reports from Russian, Ukrainian and  international mass media as well as interviews by Russian NGOs of  victims. It describes the abuse of law, use of torture, inhuman  treatment and other human rights violations in Ukraine from the  end of November 2013 to the end of March 2014. According to the  authors, the aim of the document is “to focus on facts which  the international community and key international human rights  bodies have not shown proper and impartial attention to.”
After the first publication a group of Russian rights activists  initiated a petition aimed at bringing the current Kiev  authorities to account for creating the conditions that led to  the mass murder of civilians and other violations.

04.12.2014
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