Ukraine Protester Complaint Given Priority by Human Rights Court

Europe’s human rights court gave the Ukrainian government until March 14 to respond to a legal complaint from a dissident about police tactics in dispersing protests that created a political crisis in the country.

Yuriy Derevyanko says Ukraine violated human rights in its use of live ammunition, explosions and water cannons to disperse protests, the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights said in an e-mailed statement today. The court gave the complaint priority status.

Derevyanko claims that starting Feb. 18 “the police have made violent attempts to disperse the protesters in central Kiev,” the court said in the statement.

Protesters agreed to an offer from President Viktor Yanukovych to hold presidential elections by December to halt a deadly three-month political crisis.

The country saw an outbreak of violence this week leading to deaths of at least 77 protesters and police, as European Union governments imposed sanctions on some Ukrainian officials and sent envoys to negotiate a peace deal. Ukrainian bonds rebounded as investors anticipated a resolution to the crisis, which began when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected an EU integration pact last year.

The case is Derevyanko v. Ukraine. Application no. 7684/14.

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