' Russia's Human Rights Commissioner Refers to the ' White Book ' Over Human Rights Abuses and Its is time for a New Edition Given Situation in Ukraine '

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – July 04 – Russia’s human rights commissioner said the destruction of an orphanage in Sloviansk breaches international humanitarian law.

“If there is evidence, this breaches the norms and principles of international humanitarian law. This seriously violates human rights.

This is a crime,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Supremacy of Law Konstantin Dolgov said on Thursday.

“Unfortunately, this is not the first incident when peaceful civilians, particularly children, come under fire within the continuing punitive operation. This gives a signal that violence, bloodshed and the punitive operation must be immediately stopped,” Dolgov told ITAR-TASS.

In view of the ongoing tensions in Ukraine, Russia has prepared a renewed edition of the white book of human right abuses and the violation of the supremacy of the law in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

According to Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry ombudsman for human rights, democracy and the supremacy of law, said that the facts contained in the White Book confirm the systematic and, in some cases, purposeful nature of gross violations of human rights and the supremacy of the law in Ukraine.

The ombudsman said that the anti-terror operation of the Kiev authorities against peaceful civilians in southeast Ukraine; a cynical and bloody provocation at the House of Trade Unions in Odessa that claimed the lives of 48 people and the blocking of unsuitable media at any cost were graphic manifestations “of the purposeful nature of gross violations of the underlying principles of international law and norms in the field of human rights and the supremacy of the law in Ukraine,” the Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized.

(Human Rights Watch May 14 2014 Reported) – Yesterday Russia’s ambassador to the UN asked the UN to issue as a UN document the Russian Foreign Ministry’s “White Book” of allegations of human rights violations committed by the Ukrainian government, which it published last week.

To be sure, there is a critical need for human rights violations in Ukraine to be rigorously documented and effectively addressed. Although the book is deficient in its methodology and rigor, Moscow is trying to give it the prestige of a being a UN document.

In my 23 years documenting human rights violations for Human Rights Watch, I have learned the importance of methodological rigor to ensure the credibility of the allegations we make. Without that rigour, claims of abuse are too easily dismissed as “politicized,” the responsible party won’t take you seriously, and the abuses won’t be addressed.

The bulk of Foreign Ministry’s volume is a listing of genuinely frightening incidents —violent attacks, threats, and the like–but which for the most part provide no information about their source. The White Book’s introduction says that it is based on “media reports as well as records based on observations and interviews with people on the scene, and records collected by the Moscow Bureau for Human Rights and the Foundation for Researching Problems in Democracy.”


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