Russian mediator violates the rights of Ukrainian prisoners by publishing their photos without editing them – Denisova

Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova briefed the UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations during the Russian military invasion of Ukraine and the mission to experts created by the participating States of the OSCE on the violation of the Geneva Convention with regard to Ukrainian soldiers who fell into Russian captivity.

“The ombudsman of the Russian Federation Tatyana Moskalkova violates the rights of the Ukrainian army. Today the Russian ombudsman visited the Ukrainian servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who were captured and are in one of the units servicemen of the Black Sea Fleet in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. In the published photos taken during the visit, the Ukrainians’ faces were not retouched,” Denisova posted on Facebook on Saturday.

She said that the Third Geneva Convention and Additional Protocol I, concerning the protection of prisoners of war, establish that prisoners of war must be treated humanely in all circumstances and protected from any act of violence, as well as from intimidation, insults and public interest. .

“This includes the disclosure of photographs or video recordings, recordings of interrogations, private conversations or personal correspondence and other private data. Russia’s mediator violated the requirements of these acts in a publication on his visit to Ukrainian prisoners of war I call on the United Nations Commission to Investigate Human Rights Violations During Russia’s Military Invasion of Ukraine and an Expert Mission Established by Participating States of the OSCE in accordance with the Moscow mechanism, to take into account these violations of the rights of Ukrainian citizens by Russian officials, in particular the ombudsman Moskalkova,” said Denisova.

At the same time, she publishes an edited photo of Ukrainian prisoners of war.

The Ukrainian ombudsman also drew attention to the fact that during her March 19 visit to one of the places of detention of Russian prisoners of war, no violation by Ukraine of the requirements of the Geneva Convention on the treatment prisoners of war has been revealed.

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