THE MINISTRY FOR REINTEGRATION AND THE PROSECUTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE WILL WORK TOGETHER TO ESTABLISH A CENTER FOR DOCUMENTING THE FACTS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
Oleksii Reznikov, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories, held a meeting with Gyunduz Mamedov, Deputy Prosecutor General, during which they discussed the issues of interaction between the Prosecutor General's Office and the Government in the context of protection and restoration of human rights in international armed conflict and during the de-occupation of Ukrainian territories.
In particular, the officials discussed cooperation in the framework of the establishment and further work of the Center for Documenting Human Rights Violations in the territory of Ukraine temporarily occupied by Russia, on the principles of the transition period.
Gyunduz Mamedov informed Oleksii Reznikov that certain elements of transitional justice have been implemented by the prosecution authorities since 2016. In particular, the investigation of serious crimes, violations of international humanitarian law committed during the aggression.
"We document all facts of gross violations that took place and, unfortunately, continue to take place in the occupied territories of Ukraine - part of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and the Crimean Peninsula: political and religious persecution, gender-based crimes, torture, forced disappearances, violations of property rights, environmental norms, maritime and air law, indiscriminate shelling of civilian infrastructure. We have already formed registers of affected persons so that they could claim the compensation," said Gyunduz Mamedov.
He also said that the Concept of Transitional Justice is currently under consideration at the Office of the President, in the development of which representatives of the Prosecutor General’s Office participated.
Transitional justice is a roadmap for the state's actions to overcome international armed conflict, its consequences and ensure non-repetition.
Oleksii Reznikov noted the great contribution of the Prosecutor General's Office in terms of transitional justice and recording of human rights violations facts.
"You do a great job and our work just has to be synergistic. We are currently studying the experience of countries that have or have had armed conflicts, how they emerged from them, the issue of safe reintegration, the mine-clearance practice. That's why the knowledge of the Department dealing so deeply and systematically with military law would be very valuable for the country," said Oleksii Reznikov.
Reznikov also spoke about plans for legislative settlement and transition period.
In particular, on the new basic Law of Ukraine, which will determine the principles of state policy of de-occupation and reintegration of temporarily occupied territories, on the state policy of the transition period, on the Laws on the procedures of the transition period, on the amendments to the Laws on restitution and the Center for Documenting Human Rights Violations.
Furthermore, Reznikov noted that the necessary amendments have to be made to the Criminal Code of Ukraine, the Code of Criminal Procedure of Ukraine, the Code of Administrative Offences, the Tax Code of Ukraine, the Budget Code of Ukraine, the Law of Ukraine "On Judicial System and Status of Judges", which the Ministry for Reintegration of TOT is currently working on.