In the capital of Australia, Canberra, an event was held dedicated to the launch of the international platform Friends of Crimea's De-occupation.
“Today we are starting an important mechanism of consultations among representatives of countries and international organizations that co-sponsored the UN General Assembly resolution on ensuring human rights in the Crimea. Our task is to contribute to the implementation of the provisions of the above-mentioned resolutions, which, in the end, should contribute to the process of de-occupation of the Crimea," Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Nikolai Kulinich said during his speech at the presentation.
He said that one of the main elements in ensuring the process of de-occupation is the restoration of the rights of the indigenous people of Crimea - the Crimean Tatars.
“The topic of protecting the rights of indigenous peoples is particularly close and understandable to Australia. The tragic fate of the Crimean Tatars - the indigenous population of the peninsula - is difficult to exaggerate. Taking into account the fact that this year Ukraine and Australia begin their membership in the UN Human Rights Council, special attention will be paid to the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples,” he stressed.
The Ukrainian diaspora will hold a number of conferences, expert discussions in Australia, and will familiarize the Australians with the situation in the Crimea.
“We, the Ukrainians of Australia, in our majority are displaced persons who fled from Soviet totalitarianism. We cannot leave those who are suffering today from the aggressive policy of the Russian Federation without help," said a representative of the leadership of the Union of Ukrainian Organizations of Australia, coordinator of the platform "Friends of Crimea's De-occupation in Australia" Maryan Tkachuk.
The presentation was attended by Thomas Albrecht, the regional representative of the UN Human Rights Council in Australia, representatives of the embassies of Estonia, Georgia, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Austria, Bulgaria, Portugal and others.
Reference. The international platform "Friends of Crimea De-occupation" is an informal open association of interested countries, non-governmental organizations (international and Ukrainian ones, working in the field of human rights), influential political leaders, aimed at providing active support and promoting Ukraine's efforts to restore state sovereignty over the temporarily occupied Crimea.
QHA reported that on January 31, the European Parliament is hosting a conference "4 Years of Occupation - Ways to Support the Crimea and the Crimean Tatars". The conference was organized by the factions "European Free Alliance" (Greens / EFA), Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), European People's Party (EPP), as well as public organizations "Crimea SOS" and "International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR)".