Ukraine applied to the ECHR in connection with the abduction of orphans and their illegal transfer to the RF
Ukraine applied to the ECHR pursuant to Rule 39 of the Rules of ECHR in connection with the abduction of orphans by members of the DPR in Snizhne city, Donetsk region, and their illegal transfer to the Russian Federation.
Ukraine requested the ECHR to order the Government of the Russian Federation to provide Ukrainian representatives with access to Ukrainian orphans and to ensure their immediate return to Ukraine.
For reference: Pursuant to Rule 39 of the Rules of Court, the ECHR may indicate interim measures to any State Party to the Convention. Interim measures shall mean urgent measures that are applied only in cases where there is a risk of irreparable harm. By virtue of Rule 39 of the Rules of Court, the ECHR may apply interim measures which are binding on the State.
On that day, the ECHR registered the application of the Government of Ukraine under No. 43800/14 titled “Ukraine v. Russia (II)” and instructed the Russian Government under Rule 39 of the Rules of ECHR to enforce the conventional rights of abducted orphans and return them to Ukraine immediately.
The Ukrainian consul was admitted to the children. They were returned to Ukraine on 13 June 2014.