27 October 2016

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PACE to consider resolution on human rights violations in occupied Crimea, Donbas

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) plans to adopt a resolution on human rights violations in the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine – Donbas and Crimea, the press service of Batkivshchyna party told UNIAN referring to Deputy Chairman of the Ukrainian delegation in PACE Serhiy Sobolev who is currently in Brussels.

Sobolev noted today’s session in PACE would actually be dedicated to Ukraine.

"Today, debates will be held on key issues. In particular, the resolution will be considered on human rights abuses by the Russian-backed gangs "DPR" [Donetsk People's Republic] and "LPR" [Luhansk People's Republic] in the territories beyond control of the Ukrainian authorities," the deputy chairman said.

Ukraine may press for early removal of PACE president for support of RussiaSobolev has also noted that the text of the resolution provides explicit definitions of Russian aggressors and the violations of rights of the Crimean Tatar people and the Ukrainian organizations in the occupied Crimea.

"In my opinion, these discussions will enable PACE to look at the Ukrainian situation from a different perspective and agree on the application of tougher sanctions against Russia and the Russian parliamentary delegation," Sobolev said.

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