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우크라이나, 인권 침해에 대한 책임 분명히 해야

국제앰네스티는 빅토르 야누코비치(Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych) 우크라이나 신임 대통령에 우크라이나 국내법과 관행이 국제적 기준에 부합하도록 함으로써 인권 침해에 대한 책임을 분명히 할 것을 요청했다.

국제앰네스티가 우크라이나 신임 대통령에게 전달한 인권 현황 요약 보고서『말보다 행동을 먼저: 우크라이나를 위해 인권을』은 우크라이나 국민들을 경찰의 고문과 기타 부당한 대우, 인종 차별로부터 보호하기 위한 권고사항들을 담고 있다.

또 난민들의 권리를 증진시키기 위해 공정한 난민 시스템을 구축할 것을 요구한다.

국제앰네스티 니콜라 덕워드(Nicola Duckworth) 선임 국장은 “키예브(Kyiv·우크라이나의 수도) 새 정부는 지난 20년간 우크라이나 정부가 이뤄온 인권 보호의 성과를 저버려서는 안 된다”고 지적한다. 그는 “인권 지지 성명은 반드시 인권 침해를 해결하기 위한 행동과 함께 이뤄져야 한다”며 인권 침해 해결을 위한 정부의 단호한 태도가 중요함을 강조했다.

국제앰네스티는 우크라이나의 인권 침해 상황에 대한 독립적인 조사를 해왔으며, 앞으로도 야누코비치 정부의 인권 관련 성과를 평가할 것이다.

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Ukrainian authorities respond to Amnesty International’s human rights challenge

Thursday 15 April 2010

The Ukrainian authorities have vowed to ensure accountability for human rights violations in response to Amnesty International’s recommendations to newly-elected President Viktor Yanukovych and his government.

Following the publication of Amnesty International’s briefing, Put deeds before words: Deliver human rights for Ukraine, the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, Anna German, said that “the promotion and unconditional protection of human rights were under the direct control of President Viktor Yanukovych”.

“The statement by the presidential administration gives a positive message for the promotion of human rights in Ukraine. This must translate into a climate of greater accountability of government structures and productive dialogue with civil society”, said Nicola Duckworth, Senior Director at Amnesty International.

The Amnesty International briefing contains recommendations on how to protect people in Ukraine from torture and other ill-treatment in police custody and from racial discrimination. It also advises on how to protect the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers. It was presented at a press conference in Kyiv on 14 April.

The briefing recommended the establishment of an independent body to investigate allegations of torture and ill-treatment by police officers in order to combat the problem of widespread impunity for such acts.

Following the press conference, the presidential administration supported the idea of creating an independent mechanism to investigate complaints against police officers and expressed support for all initiatives aimed at bringing legislation in line with international standards.

During its visit to Ukraine from 13 to 14 April, an Amnesty International delegation also met with representatives of the State Committee for Nationalities and Religion, which currently has responsibility for asylum procedures, the Ministry of Justice and the General Prosecutor’s Office.

Amnesty International is also recommending concrete steps to ensure that all incidents of racially motivated crimes are recorded and monitored, and that a functioning and fair asylum system is established.

“President Yanukovych has declared a strong commitment to human rights but this needs to be followed by decisive action. We look forward to continuing the dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities on the issues that concern us,” said Nicola Duckworth.


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