International Human Rights Organization condemns Ukraine’s treatment of journalist

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September 1, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– NRT24.ru, translated by Tom Winter –

Anna Kurbatova at work last month in Ukraine

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The international human rights organization Human Rights Watch has criticized the Ukrainian authorities for expelling Russian journalist Anna Kurbatova.

“Ukraine’s practice of accusing journalists of an anti-Ukrainian stance, deportation, or prohibition of entry is a serious violation of its international obligations in the field of human rights,” said Tanya Cooper, a human rights watchdog on Ukrainian issues.

According to her, these actions from the Ukrainian side are “shortsighted and pathetic” and violate promises regarding democratic reforms and the rule of law.
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Fort Russ readers will recall that the SBU kidnapped Kurbatova in Kiev, and turned her over to a Russian checkpoint, with an official document asserting that she “is a threat to the national security of Ukraine and its sovereignty.” I.e, she referred to events in Donbass as a civil war instead of “Russian Aggression.”

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