12:07 Jun. 4, 2016
Recent UN report claims Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists use tortures
The U.S. State Department has called all the parties to military hostilities in eastern Ukraine to stop the human rights violations mentioned in the recent UN report.
During a Friday press briefing, State Department's Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said, "We once again call on the so-called authorities in the separatist-controlled areas to cease their human rights abuses, including killings, tortures, ill treatment, illegal detention, forced labor, as well as restrictions on freedom of movement, peaceful assembly, and expression."
Toner also called on the Ukrainian government to "ensure a prompt and thorough and transparent investigation and appropriate prosecution of all persons responsible for alleged incidents of abuses perpetrated by its forces."
The State Department representative also urged the Russian-backed separatist forces to allow in UN monitors "whose mandate would cover the entirety of Ukraine, including Crimea and the eastern part of Ukraine."