Ukrainian lawmakers fume over omission of Ukraine from human rights report

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland’s annual human rights report, given on World Refugee Day on June 20, upset Ukraine’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly ofthe Council of Europe for failing to mention rights abuses in Russian-annexed Crimea and the occupied Donbas.

During his speech about the report, Jagland talked about the need to protect child migrants from sexual abuse and the problems of the international migrant crisis, but said nothing about the situation in Ukraine. The report was published on June 17.

Lawmaker and Deputy Head of Ukrainian Parliament Iryna Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that the Ukrainian delegation had little chance to ask Jagland about the omission of Ukraine during the question and answer session on June 20, as the Ukrainian delegates were at the end of the list of questioners.

Fortunately, according to Gerashchenko, Batkivshchyna faction lawmaker Serhiy Sobolev did manage to ask Jagland why there was not a single word about the plight of Ukrainians in Crimea and Donbas in the 104-page report.

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