Today, on November 6, in Donetsk, the Head of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin met with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer. The event was also attended by the DPR Minister of Foreign Affairs, the plenipotentiary of the Republic at the negotiations of the Contact Group in Minsk, Natalia Nikonorova.
The participants discussed the most pressing issues of resolving the Donbass conflict and interaction with Ukraine. Thus, the Head of the Republic requested assistance in identifying and closing secret SSU prisons, where our like-minded people and supporters are still being held. In addition, Denis Pushilin noted the need for effective and fruitful cooperation with the ICRC in the framework of visiting persons illegally detained on the territory of Ukraine and emphasized the unacceptability of any politicization of this issue.
“There is an acute issue related to the inhuman treatment of people who openly support the People's Republics. The facts of torture they are subjected to in secret SSU prisons, where people are held for political reasons, are recorded in the reports of such international organizations as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.” - Denis Pushilin said.
It was noted that, in particular, this is evidenced by the reports No. 29 and No. 30 of the UN OHCHR on the situation with human rights in Ukraine, November 16, 2019 - February 15, 2020, February 16 - July 31, 2020.
“The very existence of such prisons and the forcible presence of people in them is a flagrant violation of international principles. We insist on the closure of those already identified, as well as on the further identification of similar places of forcible retention of Republics’ supporters with subsequent publicity. With the aim to give these facts an appropriate legal assessment."- DPR Head stated.
The country's leader also outlined a number of other topics on the humanitarian agenda, the settlement of which on the Minsk site is complicated by both objective factors and destructive behavior of Kiev. In particular, it was noted that the issue of pension payment through the mediation mechanism with the participation of the ICRC was actually agreed and acceptable for the organization itself, but the Ukrainian party at the moment denies that this issue was discussed at all. A similar difficulty exists in the issue of developing and agreeing on a mechanism for missing persons searching through the mediation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the discussion of which is now also blocked by Ukraine.
At the end of the meeting, Denis Pushilin expressed gratitude to Mr. Maurer for his visit to Donetsk and presented note of acknowledgement for systematic support that the International Committee of the Red Cross has been providing to the Republics from the very beginning, not only within the framework of the transfer of humanitarian aid, but also in the process of peaceful settlement in Minsk.