Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Sergey Kislitsa spoke in Geneva about systematic violations of human rights in the occupied Crimea and the Donbas by Russia.
The corresponding statement was made by Kislitsa in the framework of the 35th session of the HRC in Geneva, where an interactive dialogue on the situation with human rights in Ukraine was held, according to the Foreign Ministry website.
"The conflict will continue with no end in sight until the Russian Federation stops the malicious practice of supplying insurgents, ammunition and heavy weapons to the Luhansk and Donetsk regions that are used to bombard civilian infrastructure and the population in the territories not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.”
A special attention in the dialogue was focused on the long-term gross violation of human rights in the occupied Crimea, where the atmosphere of fear prevails, and Crimean Tatars, as well as ethnic Ukrainians, unfoundedly become objects of intimidation, detentions, physical and psychological pressure, politically motivated court cases.
“The improvement of the human rights situation in the Crimea is possible only with the full consolidation of the international community and the constant political pressure on the invading state - Russia.”
It is noted that the situation in the Crimea continues to preoccupy the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The organization documents ignoring the guarantees of an independent investigation, especially in cases of Crimean Tatars, the reverse application of criminal law, violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention by transferring prisoners from Crimea to prisons in the territory of the Russian Federation and forcing the population of the occupied territory to serve in the army of the occupying state.
The High Commissioner further noted the intention of his Office to continue seeking access to the Crimea in order to implement the resolutions of the UN General Assembly.
Earlier, QHA reported that on June 21 Ukrainian human rights activists met with US Senator John McCain in Washington and told him about human rights violations in the occupied Crimea.