Open Letter from the Public Commission for the Investigation and Prevention of Human Rights Violations in Ukraine

Mr. President!

According to Section 102 of the Constitution of Ukraine, you are a guarantor of state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and are required to uphold the Constitution and ensure the protection of human, civil and political rights and freedoms in Ukraine.

In the current critical situation, you are personally responsible for the lives and destinies of our citizens and for the future of Ukraine.

The Public Commission for the Investigation and Prevention of Human Rights Violations in Ukraine (hereinafter, the “Public Commission for Human Rights”) declares that, despite your assurances that force would not be used, the authorities under your command clearly violated the truce reached between you and the leaders of the opposition.

The Public Commission for Human Rights confirms systematic cases of deliberate, excessive, and brutal use of force against demonstrators in Ukraine, who are exercising their constitutional right to, peaceful assembly, freedom of movement, freedom of association, freedom of speech, thought, and expression, right to life, liberty and security of person. Furthermore, the Public Commission for Human Rights confirms heinously excessive and brutal, systematic and deliberate targetingof doctors, journalists, human rights activists, and other persons in Ukraine, who voluntarily help the wounded at the Maidan.

The Public Commission for Human Rights continues to receive information about numerous murders and brutal injuries intentionally committed by personnel of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies in a systematic and organized manner.

The Public Commission for Human Rights is confident that the actions of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies, whose leadership gave orders to use brutal force against the Maidan participants, clearly violate international humanitarian law and the national laws of Ukraine. These actions shall be deemed crimes against humanity.

Based on the foregoing, the Public Commission for Human Rights demands that you immediately order the leadership of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies to stop violence and terror against the people of Ukraine.

We insist on your immediate meeting with the Board of the Public Commission for Human Rights.

Volodymyr Vasylenko

Chairman of the Public Commission for the Investigation and Prevention of Human Rights Violations in Ukraine
Doctor of Law, Professor,
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine,
Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (2002-2005)