February 28, a Ministerial meeting of the "Human Rights situation in the Crimea" was held in the framework of the 34th session of the UN Council for Human Rights in Palace of Nations in Geneva, according the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine.
The event was attended by representatives from more than 70 countries - members of the UN and a numbers of international non-governmental organizations.
Ukrainian speakers informed the participants about the real situation of human rights in the Russian-occupied Crimea. They reported on the repression of the occupation authorities against the Crimean Tatar community, illegal criminal cases against the leaders of the Mejlis, the persecution of lawyers, illegal arrests, forced displacement of people beyond the occupied Crimea, in particular, transfers of detained and convicted citizens of Ukraine, including the Crimean Tatars, to the territory of the Russian Federation, as well as torture, forced obtaining citizenship of the Russian Federation, and the like.
The international community has affirmed its solidarity with Ukraine - all speakers without exception expressed support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine, condemned the Russian illegal occupation of Crimea, expressed outrage at the failure to provide access to the territory of the Russian occupied peninsula for the UN monitoring mission, journalists and human rights defenders, and agreed that a real improvement of the human rights situation in Crimea can be reached only by means of its de-occupation.
Earlier QHA reported that Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, speaking at the 34th session of the UN Council on Human Rights in Geneva, said that the occupation authorities of Crimea systematically violate human rights, seeking to destroy the identity of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars living in the peninsula.