Russian are holding in prison Mariupol residents who did not pass the “filtration”

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Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova: The occupiers are holding in prison Mariupol residents who did not pass the “filtration”.

It became known that Ukrainians who did not pass the filtration and who were recognized as “unreliable” in the filtration camps near Mariupol were taken to the former correctional colony N 52 in the village of Olenivka, Donetsk region, or to the infamous Isolation Prison in Donetsk.

Ukrainians are being held in inhumane conditions. With a planned colony limit of 850 people, there are currently at least 3,000 people detained there, mostly from Mariupol and the Mariupol district.

The minimum term of imprisonment there is 36 days. Captive Ukrainians are tortured, given one can of water for dozens of people, fed not every day and taken to the toilet once a day. Prisoners are not allowed to lie down because the premises are overcrowded.

All this is accompanied by long interrogations, torture, death threats and coercion.

Some prisoners are released after 36 days, forcing them to sign some papers. There have also been reports of mass disappearances after interrogations.

By taking civilians hostage, the russian occupiers are violating international humanitarian law, including Article 34 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 1949, which explicitly prohibits the unjustified detention of civilian hostages.

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