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UKRAINE: Security operation must respect international standards on use of force

26 Apr 2014
[International Secretariat]
Region: UKRAINE
Topic: Regional conflict

The Ukrainian authorities say five people were killed in a security operation in eastern Ukraine.(C) KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
The Ukrainian authorities say five people were killed in a security operation in eastern Ukraine.(C) KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images

All Ukrainian law enforcement and military officials engaged in an operation to restore security in eastern Ukraine must adhere to international standards on the use of force and firearms, Amnesty International urged today.

The call comes after Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs posted a statement today saying that three checkpoints had been taken and five “terrorists were destroyed” by Ukrainian security forces attempting to regain control of Slovyansk, Donetsk region, from a pro-Russian armed group that has seized control.

International standards on the use of force and firearms are clear – law enforcement officials should resort to the use of force and firearms only in self-defense and when there is an imminent threat of death or serious injury. They should exhaust other non-violent means before resorting to deadly force, and the use of firearms must always be the last resort.

“An independent, impartial investigation should be launched into the events leading up to today’s reported loss of life at checkpoints around Slovyansk – if it is found the Ukrainian forces violated international standards, they must be brought to justice.”

“The armed group’s hostage-taking amid their seizure of public institutions in Slovyansk and other towns and cities in eastern Ukraine is a human rights abuse, but this must not be met with human rights violations by Ukrainian security forces.”

24 April 2014
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL NEWSFLASH

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