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A new United Nations report on the situation in Ukraine details the breakdown in law and order in areas held by armed groups in the east of the country and identifies a number of  "worrying trends" emerging in Crimea, adding that armed militias have created a “reign of fear” in the east of the country, killing and torturing civilians. UNIFEED - UNTV
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STORY: GENEVA / UKRAINE HUMAN RIGHTS
TRT: 2.29
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 18 JUNE 2014, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations, Geneva
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Gianni Magazzeni, Chief of the Americas, Europe, and Central Asia Branch at the OHCHR:
“This situation results in multiple human rights challenges for the people that are caught in the cross fire or even the larger populations within this pockets of territories and this has to so with access to public services whether its schools, medical services, whether its food, whether its electricity, water. But it’s also a question of a total breakdown in law and order, the inability to get protection when it comes to ill treatment and also possible torture and executions that are and we are reporting are taking place in these pocket areas in the East in the course of the past month.”
3. Med shot, Gianni Magazzeni speaking in UN radio studio
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Gianni Magazzeni, Chief of the Americas, Europe, and Central Asia Branch at the OHCHR:
“The application of the Russian legislation currently is in contradiction with the General Assembly resolution 68/262 but also is creating multiple problems. Ongoing judicial cases, the registration of NGO’s, the question of application of that law and the impact that may have on multiple issues including the situation of Crimean Tartars, the situation of religious minorities.”
5. Med shot, Gianni Magazzeni speaking in UN radio studio
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Gianni Magazzeni, Chief of the Americas, Europe, and Central Asia Branch at the OHCHR:
“The report includes recommendations to the government of Ukraine and others of course the question of reducing the need for law enforcement and security operations would mean that armed groups would lay down their weapons and there would be the beginning of a serious talk on the basis of respect of the constitution of Ukraine, the rule of law, the territorial integrity as defined in the General Assembly resolutions.”
7. Med shot, Gianni Magazzeni speaking in UN radio studio
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Gianni Magazzeni, Chief of the Americas, Europe, and Central Asia Branch at the OHCHR:
“I think addressing the root causes of what happens in Miadan from November to February last year attacking the question of corruption, rule of law institutions improving and enhancing the credibility and independence of the judiciary and the fact that law enforcement and prisons administration work fully in line with international human rights law seems to us to be a very important priority agenda for the future one where we hope the UN and regional organizations and other bilateral actors can all work together in support of a plan or priority list to be defined by the government of Ukraine.”
9. Med shot, Gianni Magazzeni speaking in UN radio studio

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A new United Nations report on the situation in Ukraine details the breakdown in law and order in areas held by armed groups in the east of the country and identifies a number of 'worrying trends' emerging in Crimea.

The 58-page report, covering the period from 7 May to 7 June, is the third to be produced by the 34-strong UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission, since it was deployed by the High Commissioner in March.

It also says that armed groups have created a “reign of fear” in the east of the country, killing and torturing civilians.

Over the past two months, at least 367 people have been killed in the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine government, according to the report. It is unclear whether that figure includes 87 military personnel who have been killed in the conflict.

Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Gianni Magazzeni, Chief of the Americas, Europe, and Central Asia Branch at the OHCHR said “this situation results in multiple human rights challenges.”

He added “it’s also a question of a total breakdown in law and order, the inability to get protection when it comes to ill treatment and also possible torture and executions.”

Magazzeni also said that “the application of the Russian legislation currently is in contradiction with the General Assembly resolution 68/262 but also is creating multiple problems. Ongoing judicial cases, the registration of NGO’s, the question of application of that law and the impact that may have on multiple issues including the situation of Crimean Tartars, the situation of religious minorities.”

He added “I think addressing the root causes of what happens in Miadan from November to February last year attacking the question of corruption, rule of law institutions improving and enhancing the credibility and independence of the judiciary and the fact that law enforcement and prisons administration work fully in line with international human rights law seems to us to be a very important priority agenda for the future one where we hope the UN and regional organizations and other bilateral actors can all work together in support of a plan or priority list to be defined by the government of Ukraine.”

The report also says that the situation of all residents in Crimea has deteriorated with regard to their right to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, association, religion or belief, adding that those who are known for their 'Pro-Ukrainian' stance are intimidated and face increasing discrimination.

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