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SG Thorbjørn Jagland expresses concerns about attacks against Roma in Ukraine

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Thorbjørn Jagland

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland expressed his concerns about the string of arson attacks targeting Roma citizens in several locations in Ukraine in a letter to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mr Volodymyr Groysman.

Mr Jagland noted: "It is of great importance that all relevant actors at the highest political level, as well as local authorities and police forces, mobilise in response to this siutation, which seems to have spread throughout Ukraine".

He expressed his expectation that Ukrainian authorities will conduct the necessary effective investigations into allegations in line with the requirements of the Convention on Human Rights and the Court of Human Rights' case law and bring the prepretrators to justice.

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