STRASBOURG (QHA) -

Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe, Dmitry Kuleba called the CE Committee of Ministers to take steps to protect Ukrainian citizens of repression in the temporarily occupied Crimea, according to the official’s Twitter.

“The first meeting of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers in 2017 was held. I did not want to spoil the after-holiday mood of my colleagues, though I could not but speak on the Russian repression against Ukrainians, including those in Crimea. Called on the bodies and the Council of Europe state members to take measures to protect our people.”

Previously, at the 65th plenary session of the UN General Assembly on December 19 resolution "On the situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)" was adopted by a majority vote. The document included the following important messages to the country-occupier:

- It is necessary to stop any violence against the residents of Crimea, including the illegal detention of activists and inhuman attitude towards them, and to withdraw all discriminatory laws;

- To release of all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens;

- To provide the necessary conditions for work in Crimea for journalists and representatives of human rights organizations;

- Authors of the resolution refer to the newly elected Secretary General of the United Nations with a request to find ways and means that will enable easy access  of international organizations (such as the Council of Europe and OSCE) to Crimea.

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