: ECHR strikes out cases of abducted and unlawfully detained Ukrainians

19:07 Jul. 28, 2016

ECHR strikes out cases of abducted and unlawfully detained Ukrainians

A Russia-backed militant get in a truck carrying Ukrainian soldiers in preparation for an exchange of prisoners in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Oct. 29, 2015 (AP photo)

The applications were filed by the relatives of prisoners

The European Court of Human Rights have decided to stop any further proceedings on the cases of Ukrainian citizens, captured by the Russian-backed militants in eastern Ukraine. The corresponding decision was made public on July 28.

The case concerns four Ukrainian citizens, some of them lived in the Donetsk region, others – served in Ukraine's Armed Forces.

They went missing in 2014, and only later on their relatives found out that they had been captured by the Russian-backed separatists.

While in detention the captives were ill-treated and compelled to forced labour.

The relatives have simultaneously filed complaints to the ECHR against both Ukraine and Russia.

Read also ECHR receives 2,000 complaints related to Crimea occupation and Donbas conflict

But in November 2015 their lawyer informed the Court that the applicants did not intend to pursue their applications, as all the persons in question were released.

As earlier reported, on July 28 the ECHR has also rejected the complaint of Donbas residents to compensate for the houses ruined by fighting



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