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The UN has documented 203 cases of sexual violence in the Donbass, the majority outside the family

Reuters

Mobile group under the leadership of the United Nations Fund for population has recorded 203 cases of sexual violence in the Donbas. This is stated in the report of the UN Mission on monitoring human rights observance in Ukraine.

It is noted that the group worked from November 2015 in five regions affected by the conflict. They recorded 203 cases of sexual violence, including 43 cases of rape that took place after 1 April 2014.

About 43% of victims of sexual violence – women age group 25-36 years.

“63% of these cases occurred outside the family, but it is difficult to estimate how many of them were associated with the conflict. In approximately 36% of the cases, women are unable to identify the person who committed the crime against them”, – the report says.

The UN say that sexual violence, especially those associated with conflict is a flagrant violation of privacy .

“In most cases, OHCHR, sexual violence was committed against men and women, and occurred in places of detention or imprisonment. In particular, beatings and electric shock the genitals, threats of rape and rape used as punishment or humiliation in order to achieve recognition and (or) to compel the victims to give up the right to their property or perform other actions at the request of the criminals. These actions can be tantamount to torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment,” reads the report.

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According to the UN, in 2016 at the National hot line on prevention domestic violence, trafficking and gender discrimination NGO “La Strada” received 38547 calls from all regions, including 68 percent women and 32 percent of men.

The mission notes that one of the most serious problems remains the lack of safe shelters for survivors of violence.

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“In most large cities there are appropriate shelters, financed from the local budget, but they can accommodate up to 30 people and follow a quite strict acceptance rules (for example, registration is required in the area where the shelter). Only victims of domestic violence can obtain a long term placement at these shelters. As of January 15, 2017 in six regions of Ukraine such shelters did not exist”, – stated in UN.

Observers came to the conclusion that there is no effective legal remedies for victims of sexual violence associated with conflict. Especially limited access to services for persons who live in the occupied territory.

Recall that in mid-January, President Petro Poroshenko discussed the issue of human rights violations in the occupied territories with the UN Secretary General. In addition, the Ministry called on member States of the UN to increase pressure on Russia in connection with a willful breach of human rights.

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