Violence is a serious problem faced by women throughout the world. According to the United Nations, about 35% of women and girls throughout the world are subjected to some forms of physical or sexual violence, up to 70% suffer from domestic violence. To draw attention to this issue, in 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The suppression of crimes of this category is of particular relevance in the context of armed confrontation. The conflict unleashed by the Ukrainian authorities in the territory of Donbass is characterized by acts of extreme intolerance and a wide range of illegal actions by radical groups and security forces of Ukraine against civilians. The incidents of forcible abduction and detention, sexual assault, torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment are quite common.
The most glaring examples of arbitrary conduct and violence against women are the cases of Yulia Prosolova and Daria Mastikasheva, who have become victims of repressive practices of the Security Service of Ukraine. Despite the close attention of the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Kiev authorities continue to detain both girls on fabricated charges, subjecting them to intimidation and torture.
Human Rights Ombudsman in the Donetsk People’s Republic has taken a principled stand concerning the unacceptability of violence. She informs international organizations on such incidents and violations, consistently advocates the elimination of violence against women from among persons held by the Ukrainian side, as well as civilians. Only a consolidated and inexorable condemnation of these actions by the international community, a fair trial and punishment of those responsible can contribute to the advancement of women in armed conflict.