ECHR obliges Russia to ensure the rights of captured defenders of Ukraine

17:22 24 August Kyiv, Ukraine

On August 23, the ECHR urgently considered Ukraine's petition on Russia's observance of the rights of the captured defenders of Ukraine and extended the application of urgent instructions in the interstate case "Ukraine v. Russia (X)" in relation to prisoners of war.

This is reported by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.
“The decision of the ECHR is a confirmation that the court is attentive to all cases related to armed aggression, regardless of whether it is an interstate or individual case.. Interim measures in the interstate case of Ukraine against Russia now also cover the rights of prisoners of war,” said Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine Iryna Mudraya.
Having considered the application of Ukraine, the ECtHR noted that in the case of Oleynichenko v. Russia and Ukraine, it provided the Russian Federation with urgent instructions regarding the immediate provision of the rights enshrined in the Geneva Convention, in particular to medical care.

These rights cover any request on behalf of Ukrainian prisoners of war that provides sufficient evidence of a serious and imminent risk of causing irreparable harm to their physical integrity (Art.. 3 of the Convention) and/or the right to life (Art.. 2 of the Convention).

The ECtHR noted that the instructions provided to Russia regarding Ukrainian prisoners of war continue to operate, and indicated that they also apply in the interstate case "Ukraine v. Russia (X)". In addition, the ECtHR urgently informed the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe about this decision.