A member of ICTY: Over 2000 people have suffered from crimes against humanity committed by Yanukovych regime
Over 2000 Ukrainian citizens and foreigners have become victims of crimes against humanity committed by Yanukovych regime during the violent suppression of peaceful protests in the period of November 21, 2013 to February 22, 2014.
The above statement was made by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine Mr Volodymyr Vasylenko, a member of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (2001-2005), addressing the 7th Kyiv Security Forum on Friday.
‘To date, the Civic Commission for Investigation and Prevention of Human Rights Violations that I am chairing now, has registered over 2000 applications from the Ukrainian citizens and foreigners who have become victims of crimes against humanity,’ he declared.
Mr Vasylenko stressed that Russian special services are also implicated in these crimes. ‘While special units subordinated to Yanukovych have committed numerous crimes against humanity, members of certain Russian special services can also be implicated.’
The most outrageous of these crimes, in the former ICTY member’s opinion, were ‘the killings of over 100 persons by snipers of death squads,’ done on February 18-20, which should be considered mass killings. ‘Over and above, other crimes have been committed, such as torturing, forceful disappearances, arbitrary detention and other forms of violent restriction of physical liberty’. Mr Vasylenko pointed out that another hundred persons who have been abducted are still missing.
The member of ICTY expressed his hope that the new Ukrainian government, which has already launched investigations into the crimes committed by the ancien régime, will be able to complete the procedure and the case will be brought before the International Criminal Court.
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