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AKIPRESS.COM - United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic, announced on March 14 the immediate deployment of a UN monitoring team throughout crisis-torn Ukraine to help establish the facts surrounding alleged human rights violations, including in Crimea, and serve to de-escalate tensions in the country.
Speaking via video conference from Kiev, Mr. Šimonovic told reporters in New York that during his short visit to Ukraine, he had identified chronic human rights violations; some dating from the Soviet era, and others, such as excessive use of force and arbitrary detentions, having taken place in the wake of the popular protests that erupted in the country a few months ago.
The newly deployed human rights monitoring team, which will be headed by Armen Harutyunyan, who is also the UN Regional Representative for Central Asia, will focus on current violations and, in that regard, he said “the situation is particularly troublesome in the eastern part of the country and in Crimea.”
the UN monitoring team will investigate violations as they occur and prevent any cover up. It will also aim to prevent the use of rumours “or any incidents, for manipulation, promotion of political agendas or to spread fear and insecurity in the country.”