Kiev sues Moscow before the ECHR for “targeted assassinations” of opponents (Court)

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Strasbourg | Ukraine has initiated proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against Russia, which it accuses of having carried out “targeted assassination operations against suspected opponents”, announced the ECHR on Tuesday in a statement.

According to this request, filed Friday, these assassinations were carried out “in Russia and on the territory of other states, including other member states of the Council of Europe, outside a situation of armed conflict”, specified the Court which sits in Strasbourg.

This “interstate petition”, a procedure by which one state pursues another before the ECHR, is the ninth brought by Kiev against Moscow, four still being examined by the judicial arm of the Council of Europe, including Ukraine. and Russia are members, again according to the ECHR.

The Ukrainian government also accuses Russia of “not investigating these assassination operations” and of “deliberately organizing cover-up operations aimed at thwarting efforts to find those responsible,” the Court continued without further ado. details of these assassinations.

Kiev thus invokes a violation of the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights on the “right to life”, she adds.

The other interstate petitions brought by Kiev against Moscow and under consideration concern “the events in eastern Ukraine, including the crash of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 plane, which was shot down in July 2014”. “Numerous violations of the Convention” in Crimea as well as a “naval incident which took place in the Kerch Strait in 2018 and which led to the capture of three Ukrainian navy ships and their crews”.

Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula was followed by war with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine that left nearly 13,000 dead.