Leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev and Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov have asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to raise the issue in the international arena of establishing a permanent monitoring mission in Russian-occupied Crimea.
"It has a mandate all over Ukraine, but it is not allowed in Crimea. We must insist everywhere, at all international platforms, that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has the right to enter Crimea," Chubarov said at a meeting with the head of state on August 9, as reported by the president's press service.
The task for the mission will be recording all human rights violations in the temporary occupied peninsula. According to the Crimean Tatar officials, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Group and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, which operates in the temporarily occupied part of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine, already have this right.
However, the occupying authorities of the Russian Federation do not allow international human rights monitoring missions to enter the annexed Crimea, as they realize that the evidence gathered could be used in international courts, in particular in the International Criminal Court.