The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has adopted Resolution No. 3449, urging the international community to honor the victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatars and condemn violations by Russia as an aggressor state of the rights and freedoms of the Crimean Tatar people.
The document is addressed to the United Nations (UN), the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC), as well as governments and parliaments of foreign nations.
The document was backed by 310 out of 372 MPs registered in the session hall, an UNIAN correspondent reported on June 2.
The resolution provides for the approval of the relevant appeal and instructs the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada to immediately forward it to the addressees.
In particular, the Ukrainian parliament calls on the said organizations to take additional measures to continue the policy of non-recognition of the attempted annexation of Crimea and introduce international monitoring of their full implementation. The Verkhovna Rada also urges to apply more pressure on the aggressor state, using all possible sanction, political, diplomatic, and economic tools to stop violations by Russia of fundamental principles of international law and the requirements of the international community. In particular, this refers to the end of the Russian occupation of Ukrainian territories, restoration of Ukraine's state sovereignty over the Autonomous Republic Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and the adjacent waters of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
In addition, the Verkhovna Rada calls upon the international community to press Russia, as an occupying state, to comply with international humanitarian law and to end human rights violations in Crimea as an integral part of Ukraine's sovereign territory, in particular the rights of Crimean Tatars as representatives of the indigenous people there.
The Ukrainian parliament also called on the community to seek from Russia full and unimpeded access to the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by convention and monitoring bodies of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, UNESCO and other international organizations – in particular, the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine – to monitor the human rights situation there in line with their authority.
The Rada also urged to actively respond to new cases of human rights violations in Russia-occupied Crimea through the urgent introduction of additional sanctions, both against responsible persons and sectoral ones against Russia.
Moreover, the Ukrainian parliament called on the international community to raise the issue of restoring Ukraine's state sovereignty over Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and the adjacent waters of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov during all communications at the highest level with the aggressor state.
The Verkhovna Rada urged to recognize the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars from Crimea as genocide of the Crimean Tatar people and to join events to commemorate the victims of the genocide on May 18. In addition, it called on the community to seek from Russia, as a UN member state, to comply with the order of the International Court of Justice dated April 19, 2017, on the application of provisional measures in the case "The application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination" (Ukraine v. Russian Federation). Moreover, it urged to lift the illegal restrictions on Crimean Tatars' right to keep their representative institutions, including the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.
The resolution comes into force from the date of its adoption.