Seven Arrested For Deadly Attack On Roma Camp In Western Ukraine
Ukrainian police say seven people have been arrested in western Ukraine in connection with a deadly overnight attack on a Roma camp in a forest on the outskirts of Lviv.
Authorities say a 24-year-old Roma man from a village near the city of Rivne was killed in the attack, which was carried out by a group of masked men on June 23 just before midnight.
Police say four other people were hospitalized with knife wounds as a result of the attack -- including a 10-year-old boy, two 19-year-old men, and a 30-year-old woman.
The violence was the fifth attack on a Roma camp in western Ukraine in the past two months.
In a joint letter to Kyiv authorities on June 24, four groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, condemned what they said was a growing number of attacks by radicals.
"The authorities have so far failed... to respond to most inc idents, which has created an atmosphere of near total impunity," the groups said.
The letter said that several neo-Nazi and far-right ultranationalist groups, including C14 and Right Sector, have been behind at least two dozen attacks or harassment cases against Roma across Ukraine so far during 2018.
The Council of Europe rights group estimates there are some 260,000 Roma in Ukraine out of a population of about 48.5 million.
With reporting by AFP
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