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UN: There is no progress in the investigation of the Odessa massacre

The the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine reproached the law enforcement agencies for the lack of progress in the investigation of the shooting at the “Maidan” in 2014 and the tragedy of May 2 in Odessa. This was reported by the head of mission Fiona Fraser during the presentation of the 21st mission report.
“Four years after the events of the Maidan in Kiev, we still do not see significant progress in the investigation and bringing those responsible for these events to justice,” she said. The same, according to her, concerns the tragedy of May 2 in Odessa. “Relatives of the dead need justice – this is the main element in combating the atmosphere of lawlessness,” Fraser emphasized.
The UN mission also expressed concern over the existing pressure on the judicial system in the country, intimidation and criminal prosecution of judges in resonant cases.

The twenty first report on the situation of human rights in Ukraine states:

“The investigation and trials related to the 2 May 2014 violence in Odessa continued to be one-sided, undermining the rights of victims and the accused. The two acquitted defendants (members of ‘pro-federalism’ groups) who were immediately rearrested on 18 September 2017 remained in detention pending trial for new charges. At a meeting with OHCHR on 24 November 2018, the Odessa Prosecution Office confirmed that on 18 October 2017, the Court of Appeal of Odessa region ruled that the detaining authority had failed to provide one of the defendants with access to his contracted lawyer and ordered the prosecutor to launch a criminal investigation into this fact.76 The prosecutor, however, refused to do so.

OHCHR is also concerned with the lack of progress in investigations into harassment of and pressure on judges dealing with the mass disorder cases by ‘pro-unity’ activists, despite the identification of some alleged perpetrators by victims or witnesses.”

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