The US State Department stated that in the territory of Ukraine violations of human right continue, and abuses associated with corruption in power and censorship are observed. The relevant statement was made in the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017, published on the website of the US State Department.
“The most significant human rights issues included unlawful killings and politically motivated disappearances in the context of the conflict in the Donbas region; torture; and harsh and life-threatening conditions in prisons and detention centers; arbitrary arrest and detention; and lack of judicial independence," the document says.
The report further notes that other abuses in the territory of Ukraine include "widespread government corruption; censorship; blocking of websites; government failure to hold accountable perpetrators of violence against journalists and anti-corruption activists; and violence against ethnic minorities, and LGBTI persons."
The reports further notes that a number of recorded human rights violations occur on the Ukrainian territories not controlled by the government.
“Russia-led forces in the Donbas region engaged in politically motivated disappearances, torture, and unlawful detention; restricted freedom of speech, assembly, and association; restricted movement across the line of contact in eastern Ukraine; and restricted humanitarian aid. The most significant human rights issues in Russian-occupied Crimea included politically motivated disappearances; torture; and restrictions on expression and association.”
The State Department notes that the government basically does not take measures to punish officials who abuse their official position.
The US Department of State stressed that the investigation of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea and the Donbas can not be complete, because of the lack of control of the Ukrainian government in these territories.
“Investigations into alleged human rights abuses related to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and the continuing aggression in the Donbas region remained incomplete due to lack of government control in those territories and the refusal of Russia and Russia-led forces to investigate abuse allegations.”
Multiple human rights violations in the Ukrainian Crimea occupied by Russia, resulted in an additional detailed section of the report, describing military occupation, politically motivated persecution, ethnic persecution and other atrocities of the occupation authorities.
“Significant human rights issues included disappearances; torture, including punitive psychiatric incarceration; harsh prison conditions, including removing prisoners to Russia; arbitrary arrest and detention; a complete lack of judicial independence; political prisoners; interference with privacy; severe restrictions on freedom of expression and the media, including closing outlets and violence against journalists; restrictions on the internet including blocking websites; , gross and widespread suppression of freedom of assembly; severe restriction of freedom of association, including barring the Crimean Tatar Mejlis; onerous restrictions on freedom of movement; restrictions on participation in the political process; systemic rampant corruption; and violence against ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars.”
Earlier, the International Human Rights Watch Human Rights Watch stated that human rights violations in Ukraine are caused by the war in the Donbas. Among the worst negative trends in Ukraine the organization listed the suffering of civilians due to the war in the Donbas, the arbitrariness of the Russian occupation administrations in the ORDLO, and the restriction of freedom of speech, as evidenced by the expulsion of Russian journalists from Ukraine and the requirement for civil activists to declare their incomes.