: UN report: No Donbas elections until security provided
Politics12:36 Jun. 3, 2016

UN report: No Donbas elections until security provided

Over 9,400 people killed since April 2014, according to UN data

The local elections in the militant-occupied areas in Donbas cannot be held unless security is restored in the region, said Ivan Šimonović, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights. Šimonović arrived in Kyiv to present the 14th report by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

"I am certain that this is an important condition. Without a secure environment, which would allow everyone to feel protected, no elections are possible," he pointed out during a briefing.

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At the same time Šimonović noted the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights does not deal with issues of conducting negotiations or any other work connected with elections.

The UN Assistant Secretary-General added for the elections to be deemed free and just, there must be provided freedom of expression, gathering and media freedom. "I believe it is very important that these civil and political rights are provided on the areas controlled by the armed groups," he underlined.

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Presenting the report, Šimonović also said 9,404 people have been killed and 21,671 wounded since April 2014, according to UN data.

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