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Friday, 10 July 2015

DNR Barristers to Present Case of Tuv Family from Gorlovka at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg

00 european court of human rights. strasbourg. france. 100715

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Ivan Kopyl, Chairman of the DNR Commission to Identify and Document War Crimes, stated that our barristers would present the case of the Tuv family from Gorlovka at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg. The Tuv family suffered losses due to shelling from junta forces. On 26 May, a junta shell hit the Tuv home. The father and 11-year-old daughter died on the scene, a 2-year-old child received multiple shell-fragment wounds, the youngest child (2-weeks-old) suffered contusions, and the mother, Anna Tuv, lost her hands. Kopyl said, “Right now, our barristers are working on preparing the case of Anna Tuv, whose child and husband died [in the incident]. They’re readying a lawsuit for submission to the ECtHR”. According to the Commission, in February 2015, human rights activists received more than 2,000 thousand complaints about war crime committed by the Kiev junta. Some cases are already pending before the ECtHR. Kopyl added that his office developed methodologies for filing these cases at the ECtHR, noting, “The challenge is to ensure that everyone responsible for these crimes face justice”.

9 July 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/obschestvo/yuristy-dnr-predstavyat-interesy-stavshej-zhertvami-obstrela-vsu-gorlovskoj-semi-tuv-v-sude-strasburga.html

 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

OFFICIAL Joint Statement of DNR Chairman of the Government Zakharchenko and LNR Chairman of the Government Plotnitsky on Setting Up an International War Crimes Tribunal for Novorossiya

00 Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky. 04.04.15

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OFFICIAL

JOINT STATEMENT

Since last year, the Kiev régime has engaged in aggressive operations against the DNR and LNR, leading to massive casualties, involving thousands of innocent people, including women, children, and the elderly. According to official UN data, the civil war that Kiev unleashed in the Donbass resulted in more than 6,500 people dead and about 16,500 injured. More than a million people in the Donbass had to leave their homes and flee the area. All these actions of the Kiev régime are direct violations of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and violations of the laws and customs of war; they constitute the execution of a policy of genocide against the DNR’s and LNR’s civilian population. They’re crimes against humanity.

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With the outbreak of hostilities in the Donbass, we organised efforts to collect and compile evidence of crimes against humanity by the Ukrainian Army and National Guard, which are inherently death squads. We’ve collected much facts to date. To carry out this important task, the DNR and LNR jointly established and now operate an interagency investigation group, to investigate war crimes of the Ukrainian aggressors in the Donbass. This group has members from the Genprokuratura, the People’s Militia*, MGB*, MVD, and MChS of our two republics. They’ve collected extensive evidence of the guilt of Ukrainian security officials who ordered massive artillery bombardments on urban areas in the DNR and LNR, the use of non-conventional munitions against civilians, torture, abductions, and brutalisation of innocent people. The most resonant crimes of the Kiev régime in the Donbass are now widely known the world community:

  • Massive civilian casualties due to Ukrainian artillery shells hitting a trolleybus stop in Donetsk
  • Pre-planned air strikes by Ukrainian attack aircraft on the GMA* building in Lugansk and the adjacent Heroes of the Great Patriotic War Square, which killed 8 and seriously injured 28 innocent people
  • The use of white phosphorus munitions against residential neighbourhoods in Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Lisichansk, and Gorlovka, amongst other places in the Donbass
  • Significant evidence linking Ukrainian “soldiers” and “National Guard” to massacres of civilians, shown by dozens of mass graves found in territory temporarily occupied by the Ukrainian aggressors in the DNR and LNR

Considering that new information of these and other crimes by the Kiev régime surfaces daily, work in this area continues uninterrupted. Only a year after the outbreak of hostilities in the Donbass, Kiev attempted to issue dissimulation that they were punishing individuals in so-called “volunteer battalions”, criminally responsible for looting, torture, rape, and other crimes against civilians in the Donbass. However, their attempts to arrest and detain the armed criminals proved fruitless. It’s rather pointless to expect an objective investigation of the facts and for fair sentences upon these butchers. Therefore, it’s our shared viewpoint that the world community should enable responsible international bodies to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and crimes against humanity in the Donbass.

  • People’s Militia: It’s unclear whether this means the armed forces or the police, as “militia” was the Soviet-era term for the police
  • MGB: Ministry of State Security
  • GMA: State Municipal Administration, administrative apparat of a city

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For a categorical criminal prosecution of the Ukrainian aggressors for their war crimes in the Donbass, the DNR and LNR appeal to the UN Security Council to establish an International Tribunal to prosecute those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law and crimes against humanity in the Ukraine. We ask the UN Secretary General, the permanent members of the UN Security Council… the USA, France, Britain, China, and the Russian Federation… without delay to discuss creating an International Tribunal at their next meeting and prepare an appropriate resolution. For our part, we undertake to transfer our knowledge, evidence, and other information about war crimes committed by Ukrainian security forces in the Donbass to help an objective investigation, to bring the perpetrators to justice.

00 a v zakharchenko. 02. 11.05.15DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko

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00 I V Plotnitsky. LNR. Lugansk PR. 20.05.15
LNR Chairman of the Government I V Plotnitsky

8 July 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/official/sovmestnoe-zayavlenie-glav-dnr-i-lnr-aleksandra-zaxarchenko-i-igorya-plotnickogo.html

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

DNR and LNR Jointly Want the UN Security Council to Set Up Tribunal to Investigate Junta War Crimes in Novorossiya

00 plotnitsky and zakaharchenko. lnr and dnr. donetsk pr and lugansk pr 01. 080715

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At a joint briefing with DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko, LNR Chairman of the Government I V Plotnitsky stated that the DNR and the LNR want the UN Security Council to establish an international tribunal to investigate war crimes committed by the junta aggressors in Novorossiya, saying, “The DNR and LNR ask the UN Security Council to establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law and crimes against humanity in the Ukraine, to open criminal prosecution against the Ukrainian aggressors for their war crimes in the Donbass”. Zakharchenko noted, “It’s senseless to expect that Kiev would hold an objective investigation of their own war crimes. For instance, the so-called Tornado Battalion killed more than a dozen civilians [in a single incident]. In our opinion, an international body should investigate and expose the facts”. Plotnitsky added, “We call on the UN Secretary General, the permanent members of the Security Council… the USA, France, Britain, China, and Russia… to immediately discuss the formation of such a tribunal at their next meeting and prepare an appropriate resolution. We’ll give an official international tribunal all of our knowledge, evidence, and other information about war crimes committed by Ukrainian security forces in the Donbass to help an objective investigation, to bring the perpetrators to justice”.

8 July 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/politics/dnr-i-lnr-prizvali-sovbez-oon-sozdat-tribunal-dlya-rassledovaniya-voennyx-prestuplenij-na-donbasse.html

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

DNR Supreme Court Nixed 40 Groups as Extremist Including OUN, UPA, and ISIL

00 Bandera scum out! 10.05.14

KICK OUT the Banderist scum!

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Today, the media contact at the DNR Supreme Court told us, “On 29 June 2015, the DNR Supreme Court considered the application of the DNR Genprokuratura to ban a number of extremist organizations. The Supreme Court decision recognised 40 public and religious movements as extremist”. From now on, the DNR recognises a number of Ukrainian nationalist movements, political parties, international terrorist groups, and religious communities as extremist organisations. These include the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), Right Sector, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), and the Social-National Assembly, and the public groups Bratsvo (Brotherhood), Trizub (Trident), Stepan Bandera, Bely Molot (White Hammer), Patrioty Ukrainy (Patriots of Ukraine), Radical Party of Oleg Lyashko, Avtomaydan, al-Jihad, Islamic State (AKA Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ISIL), al-Qaeda, and others. The statement went on to say, “The decision of the Supreme Court prohibits the activities of these organisations and their component parts in the DNR. The decision of the Supreme Court shall enter into force immediately after its publication, is final, and not subject to appeal”.

30 June 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/politics/verxovnyj-sud-dnr-zapretil-deyatelnost-40-ekstremistskix-organizacij-vklyuchaya-igil-oun-i-upa.html

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