The violations of rights and freedoms of those demonstrating their pro-Ukrainian position is stepping up in Russia-occupied Crimea, reports Ukrinform citing Astrid Thors, High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM), and Michael Georg Link, the director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), as saying at a OSCE press conference on human rights.
At the conference, held on September, 24 in Warsaw, they presented a report on human rights violations in Crimea.
- After the illegal annexation of Crimea, the level of cultural and religious freedom has decreased, there is a hostile attitude to the people supporting the Ukraine’s integrity, Ukrainian symbols and events important for Ukraine. Ukrainian education has almost vanished, and parents are not able to teach children in their native language. A similar situation is observed with the Crimean Tatar culture, said Tours.
In turn, Link said the OSCE is willing to keep terms with the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights to monitor human rights observing in Crimea. He also noted that the OSCE has called on Russia to respect these rights, which imply freedom of religious and public institutions, the possibility for independent media to operate in a normal way.
In response to the Russia’s accusation of report being one-sided as it does not take into account the position of the Russian Federation, Link said that this information does not correspond to reality.