The mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ruslan Martsinkiv, must publicly apologize for his “scandalous” statement on the export of Roma representatives from the city of Transcarpathia.
This was reported by the press service of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Ukrainian Parliament in Telegram.
“The Verkhovna Rada human rights ombudsman made a statement regarding the mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk requesting a public apology for this violation of Roma rights and stressed the need to continue to strictly adhere to the requirements of anti-discrimination legislation in the exercise of its official functions, “the statement said.
As noted, the Verkhovna Rada human rights ombudsman continues to see the “unprecedented case of the spread of hate speech” against representatives of the Roma national minority by the mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ruslan Marcinkiv : “According to reports in the media, he justifies his actions by violating the Roma quarantine measures, which is not a reason not to respect the legal standards guaranteeing equal rights and freedoms, as well as the right to freedom of movement and free choice of place of residence “.
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As noted, the mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk Ruslan Martsinkiv, during an operational meeting, ordered law enforcement officials to remove representatives of the Roma nationality from Transcarpathia from the city. For this, the local authorities have provided a bus. 12 people refused to leave. In response to this, the mayor advised “to take the second step” and said that law enforcement officials “have time for this until Tuesday, April 28”.
On April 22, the national police opened a criminal investigation into the call for forced displacement in Ivano-Frankivsk. The Interior Ministry also said that the position of the mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk was unacceptable.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru