ODIHR, HCNM report widespread human rights violations in Crimea
On September 17, the Human Rights Assessment Mission on Crimea of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) published a report based on their visit to Ukraine on July 6-18, 2015 at the invitation of the Ukrainian Government, the Directorate General of Policy and Communications of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Ukraine reported on its website.
The report focuses on radical deterioration of rights and freedoms of the Crimean Tatar population and the Ukrainian population living in the Russian-occupied Crimea.
The report points to the existing practices of the occupation authorities in Crimea to bring charges of "extremism and separatism" against pro-Ukrainian citizens of the peninsula, use forced citizenship of the Russian Federation, exert moral, psychological and political pressure, harassment and abduction of the Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians and citizens of the peninsula that openly support the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.
The report presents outrageous facts of systematic and massive violations of human rights in Crimea, in particular, of politically motivated persecution of the participants of the "Euromaidan" protests, kidnapping of political activists by the Crimean "self-defense" groups, banning entry to Crimea of the leading members of the Crimean Tatars' Mejlis, preventing the transfer of 4,323 children without parental care to the Ukrainian mainland.
"Ukraine highly appreciates contribution of the OSCE ODIHR and the OSCE HCNM to ensuring an objective assessment of existing violations of human rights and freedoms in the occupied Crimea," Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes in its statement.
"Ukraine demands from the Russian Federation and the occupation authorities in Crimea to ensure full and unhindered access for international monitoring missions and non-governmental human rights organizations on the Crimean peninsula, the unconditional implementation of the recommendations of the Mission's Report, and it calls on the Russian Federation to implement practical steps that would demonstrate willingness to return to the fulfillment of its obligations in accordance with the rules and provisions of international law and international humanitarian law," the statement reads.
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