Russia should stop the illegal searches of the Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea and allow the activity of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people on the territory of the peninsula. Chairman of the UN Monitoring Mission for Human Rights in Ukraine Fiona Frazer made a corresponding statement during the presentation of the report "On the situation with human rights in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol," QHA correspondent reports.
The report was prepared in pursuance of the decision of the UN General Assembly. Due to the lack of access of the Mission to the Crimea, the Report is based on almost 200 interviews from the residents of Crimea and internally displaced persons on the mainland.
“Despite the decision of the UN General Assembly, Russia, as an occupying state, is not fulfilling its obligations and continues to deny access in the Crimea to international monitoring missions.”
UNHCR continues to look for options to get to the territory of the Crimea to monitor human rights, Frazer said.
According to her, Russia has neglected its obligations as an occupation state. It enacted its own legislation and held a presidential election in Crimea. It conscripted 12,000 people into the occupation army and applies persecution to those who refuse the service; Russia has been implementing a policy of displacement of the local population, and it has encouraged the resettlement of Russian citizens, in particular civil servants, and resorted to deportation.
"Over the past 10 months, we have documented grave violations of human rights - forced detention, torture. It is the Crimean Tatars - the indigenous people of the Crimea, who are experiencing excessively tough harassment.”
According to Frazer, more than 80% of raids and searches in private homes were conducted against Crimean Tatars. The number of such raids in the first half-year has increased threefold - to 38 compared with the same period last year.
“Finally, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people remains banned, despite the decision of the UN International Court. We urge the occupation authorities to stop arbitrary searches of the properties of the Crimean Tatars and to comply with the ruling of the UN court on the lifting of the prohibition of the Mejlis.”
Earlier, Fiona Frazer stated that in recent years the main problem provoking a violation of human rights and freedoms in the Crimea is its occupation by Russia. She noted that the Russian government is responsible for 25 out of 28 violations of human rights in the Crimea, and the Government of Ukraine - for 3 of them.