EIT:ssä suullinen istunto asiassa Ukraina v. Venäjä Krimin miehitykseen liittyen

11.9.2019 | Oikeusuutiset

Markku Fredman

The European Court of Human Rights is holding a Grand Chamber hearing today Wednesday 11 September 2019 at 9.15 a.m. in the case of Ukraine v. Russia (re Crimea)
(application no. 20958/14) The case concerns Ukraine’s allegations of violations of the European Convention on Human Rights by the Russian Federation in Crimea.

The Ukrainian Government maintains that the Russian Federation has from 27 February 2014 exercised effective control over the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, integral parts of Ukraine, and has exercised jurisdiction over a situation which has resulted in numerous Convention violations. The Government alleges that the violations are a result of a general administrative practice by the Russian Federation. The applicant Government relies on several Articles of the European Convention on Human Rights, including Article 2 (right to life), Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman treatment and torture), Article 5 (right to liberty and security), Article 6 (right to a fair trial), Article 8 (right to respect for private life), Article 9 (freedom of religion), Article 10 (freedom of expression), and Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association). It also complains under Article 1 of Protocol No.1 to the Convention (protection of property), Article 2 of Protocol No. 1 (right to education) and Article 2 of Protocol No.4 (freedom of movement).

In particular, the applicant Government alleges that that there was an administrative practice of the killing of Ukrainian military servicemen, officers of law-enforcement bodies and civilians that was attributable to the Russian Federation. Furthermore, it alleges cases of torture or other forms of ill-treatment and of arbitrary deprivation of liberty of civilians and Ukrainian servicemen. The Government of Ukraine complains that Ukrainian court judgments were reclassified under Russian legislation and that convicted people were transferred to Russian Federation territory.
The applicant Government states that Ukrainian nationals living in Crimea were subjected to an unlawful automatic imposition of Russian citizenship and that a refusal to receive Russian citizenship deprived people of many rights. There were allegedly cases of attacks, abductions, ill-treatment and harassment of journalists doing their work. It states in addition that there has been harassment and intimidation of religious ministers who are not members of the Russian Orthodox Church, which has particularly affected priests of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and imams.


Webcast of the hearing