Russia And The Ukrainian Government

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In war-torn eastern Ukraine, both the Ukrainian government and the separatists acting on behalf of Russia violate the human rights established in the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.Ukraine has been a nation in crisis since 2013, when then-president Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign an association agreement with the European Union that had been in the works for years, instead choosing to strengthen ties with Russia. This led to a political movement and revolution now known as the Euromaidan, which pushed Viktor Yanukovych out of office and championed their new president, Petro Poroshenko, to sign an association agreement and take the first steps toward joining the EU. Unfortunately,…show more content…
Since then, Ukraine has been struggling to improve human rights amid deteriorating standards of democracy (Balfour 9). However, the Ukrainian government has an unfortunate pattern of denying the use of torture despite reports to the contrary. As the Human Rights Watch concludes in their report Buffeted in the Borderland: The Treatment of Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Ukraine, “We believe that torture [including electric shock therapy] does occur and that it happens with impunity and despite Ukrainian officials’ denial of its existence” (63). The Ukrainian government has a well-documented and continuous history of violating civilians’ and migrants’ human rights with torture and detentions, and has shown no steps toward improvement. Human Rights Watch furthers their investigation of Ukrainian torture in their report “You Don’t Exist”: Arbitrary Detentions, Enforced Disappearances, and Torture in Eastern Ukraine. HRW worked alongside Amnesty International on this report, which discusses the case of Vadim a 39-year-old real estate agent from Donetsk, who was detained and tortured by both the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) captured Vadim in Slovyansk, accused him of being
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