Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

The DPR MFA Head Natalya Nikonorova’s comment concerning the PACE’s Resolution

27 April 2016
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21 April 2016 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe published the Resolution «The humanitarian concerns with regard to people captured during the war in Ukraine». According to the point 12.1.4 of this document the PACE urges the Ukrainian authorities to  «modify the Law «On preventing persecution and punishment of participants of events on the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts» in order to ensure that  persons who have committed war crimes do not receive amnesty». This call vividly demonstrates that the Assembly holds the partial information given only by one part of the conflict. 

Mentioned in the Resolution Law aside from not being in the force but at the present moment it yet to have been given for the signature to the President of Ukraine though it was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada in September 2014. Consequently the determining of some status for this «document» for the moment is challenging: it hasn’t been signed and it was returned for the adaptation and to make the amendments in something that doesn’t exist is impossible.

It is worth to mention that the Assembly in its Resolution points at the cases of «violations of the right to liberty and the right to fair trial of those who have been detained by the Ukrainian secret services or by different Ukrainian military battalions». This demonstrates that the scale of these violations is so significant that its impossible to hide or suppress them.