During the meeting of the Committee on Human Rights, Deoccupation and Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories in Donetsk, Luhansk Regions and Autonomous Republic of Crimea, National Minorities and Interethnic Relations, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine presented an annual report on the state of observance and protection of human and civil rights and freedoms in Ukraine for 2020.
Lyudmila Denisova informed about cases of violations of human and civil rights and freedoms, in respect of which the Commissioner took the necessary measures, the results of inspections carried out during the year, conclusions and recommendations aimed at improving human and civil rights and freedoms, as well as information on implementation recommendations set out in the annual report for the previous year.
In particular, last year the Commissioner received 48,405 reports of human rights violations, which is more than 40% compared to 2019. The majority of reports concerned violations of civil and political rights - 50.3%; economic, social and cultural rights - 22.1%.
Lyudmila Denisova noted that with the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine measures in April 2020, the monthly number of reports of human rights violations began to increase compared to similar periods in 2019: in May the number of reports increased by 30%, in June - by 75%, in July - by 97%. Subsequently, by the end of the year, the monthly number of messages was 60% higher on average.
In order to restore the violated human rights, the Commissioner submitted 20,044 requests to the authorities and local self-government; 60 applications were submitted to state authorities and local self-government bodies; 39 instructions on elimination of violations of the legislation in the field of personal data protection; 237 protocols on administrative offenses were drawn up.
In addition, in 2020, the staff of the Secretariat of the Commissioner conducted 2,654 monitoring visits and on-site inspections, of which 815 visits were to places of detention.
Following the discussion, the profile Committee decided to recommend to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to include in the agenda of the fifth session the hearing of the annual report of the Commissioner for Human Rights and to submit to the Parliament the draft Resolution "On the annual report of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the state of observance and protection of human rights and freedoms in Ukraine in 2020" and recommend its adoption in general