Ombudswomen agree to transfer 18 convicts from occupied Crimea
Ombudswomen of Ukraine and Russia have agreed to transfer 18 convicts from the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea to the territory controlled by the Government of Ukraine, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Valeria Lutkovska said after a meeting with her Russian counterpart Tatyana Moskalkova.
The meeting was held in Minsk on June 21, 2016, the press service of the Ukrainian Ombudswoman told an UNIAN correspondent.
"We have reached an agreement on 18 prisoners, but this is not a complete list. We exchanged lists, we checked them. My list is a bit longer, including about 40 people. I handed it to Tatyana Nikolayevna for further discussion," Lutkovska said.
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Lutkovska also reminded that the ombudswomen had signed a memorandum on cooperation in 2013.
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