ECHR: The European Court of Human Rights is holding a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Ukraine v. Russia. The case concerns Ukraine’s allegations of violations of the European Convention on Human Rights
by the Russian Federation in Crimea. The original application, Ukraine v. Russia, was lodged on 13 March 2014. The Ukrainian Government maintains that the Russian Federation has from 27 February 2014
exercised effective control over the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, integral parts of Ukraine, and has exercised jurisdiction over a situation which has resulted in numerous Convention violations. The Government alleges that the violations are a result of
The applicant Government relies on several Articles of the European Convention on Human Rights, including Article 2 (right to life), Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman treatment and torture), Article 5 (right to liberty and security), Article 6 (right to a fair trial), Article 8 (right to respect for private life), Article 9 (freedom of religion) and others.
Ukraine alleges that there was an administrative practice of the
killing of Ukrainian military servicemen, officers of law-enforcement bodies and civilians that were attributable to the Russian Federation.
Ukraine alleges cases of torture or other forms of ill-treatment and of arbitrary deprivation of liberty of civilians and Ukrainian servicemen. The Government of Ukraine complains that Ukrainian court judgments were reclassified under Russian legislation and that convicted people were
transferred to Russian Federation territory.
Ukrainian government states that Ukrainian nationals living in Crimea were subjected to an unlawful automatic imposition of Russian citizenship and that a refusal to receive Russian citizenship deprived people of many rights. There were allegedly cases of attacks, abductions, ill-treatment and
harassment of journalists doing their work.
Ukraine states in addition that there has been harassment and intimidation of religious ministers who are not members of the Russian Orthodox Church, which has particularly affected priests of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and imams.