“During the discussion at the meeting of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination and directly in the hall, a number of amendments were adopted, which systematically state the political basis of the persecution of Crimean Tatars by the occupation authorities. The change in the tone of the document is also felt in its title: from” The situation with the Crimean Tatars ” in “Violations of human rights committed against the Crimean Tatars in Crimea”, – wrote the People’s Deputy.
According to her, “the resolution is definitely a victory for Ukraine.”
PACE adopted a document based on a report drawn up Torkhildur Sunnoi Evarsdottir from Iceland.
Having confirmed the non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, the assembly condemned “serious violations of human rights” committed against the Crimean Tatars, it says in the message on the PACE website.
The parliamentarians called on the Russian authorities to investigate “every alleged case of murder and enforced disappearance” in Crimea and punish those responsible for this, lift the ban on the activities of the Crimean Tatar media, apply the laws in force in Ukraine on the peninsula instead of Russian legislation (in particular, in the field of terrorism and extremism ), stop the transfer of detainees from Crimea to the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as release all persons illegally detained or imprisoned due to abuse of Russian legislation in the ARC, including for political reasons.
The resolution also proposes “direct involvement of representatives of the Crimean Tatars in the international dialogue related to the situation of the Crimean Tatars and Crimea.”
how added в Telegram member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, People’s Deputy from “European Solidarity” Alexey Goncharenko, Assembly called on Russia to immediately liberate Crimea, lift the ban on the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, end the forced conscription of Crimeans into the ranks of the Russian army and obstruct the work of lawyers and human rights defenders on the peninsula.
According to Kravchuk, the PACE resolution will be able to strengthen the position of Ukraine in international courts against the Russian Federation.
Russia annexed Crimea after illegal “referendum” on March 16, 2014… The accession of the peninsula to the Russian Federation is not recognized by Ukraine and most countries of the world. At the moment, there is a checkpoint regime between mainland Ukraine and Crimea, and Kiev de facto does not control the peninsula.
After the occupation of Crimea, according to human rights activists, the human rights situation on the peninsula has deteriorated significantly… Under various pretexts, including the fight against extremism, the authorities persecute people who dare to openly criticize Russia’s actions on the peninsula, especially the Crimean Tatars, said human rights activists from Human Rights Watch. In April 2016, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation included the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in the list of banned organizations.
European Court of Human Rights January 14, 2021 by majority vote accepted for consideration the complaints of Ukraine against Russia on a number of human rights violations in Crimea.
According to the Crimean Human Rights Group, at the end of 2020 109 Crimeans were in prisons on politically or religiously motivated sentences.