Human rights activists are concerned about claims made by right-wing radicals concerning the use of force against voters

Human rights activists are concerned about claims made by right-wing radicals concerning the use of force against voters

The human rights activists of “Uspishna Varta” are concerned about the possible use of force by right-wing radical groups at polling stations on election day, and thus call on law enforcement officers to limit their participation in the electoral process.

Igor Vdovin, a spokesman for “National Druzhina”, spoke about the possible use of force against voters without delay, referring to instructions from their commander Igor Mikhailenko about “hitting in the face” all who, in their opinion, are involved in electoral fraud.

The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov has already commented on the statement made by right-wing radicals. He stated that the right to use force in Ukraine always belongs to members of the National Police of Ukraine only.

As a reminder, earlier “Uspishna Varta” expressed its concern about the Central Election Commission giving the right-wing radical paramilitarist group “National Druzhina” the status of an official observer. According to human rights activists, the participation of these groups, which have previously repeatedly participated in acts of aggression against dissidents in Ukraine, can lead to the intimidation of candidates and voters, as well as to forced scenarios at polling stations on election day.

In addition, in theinterim monitoring report about the electoral process for January-February 2019, the human rights activists of “Uspishna Varta” already recorded the first facts of pressure being put on the work of the district election commission by right-wing organizations. Thus, on February 21st in Dnepr district election commission (DIC) No. 24 was unable to start its work since it was blocked off by representatives of the “C14” group. A significant part of the DIC members refused or simply did not attend the meeting. Representatives of “C14” did not allow the DIC chairman to perform any actions with respect to the commission. “C14” reported that its pretensions against the head of the DIC were caused by his supposedly pro-Russian and “separatist” position.

Also, in a number of regions there were cases of right-wing radical organizations damaging political advertising, attacking campaign tents, and attempting to disrupt the activities of presidential candidates (A. Vilkul, Y. Tymoshenko).

The human rights activists of “Uspishna Varta” call on law enforcement bodies to limit the participation of right-wing radical groups in the electoral process and to ensure the safety of citizens on election day.

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