The Ukrainian mission has requested the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to pay special attention to the situation with the violation of human rights in the occupied Crimea, and to take action.
The corresponding statement was made by the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the international organization in Vienna, Igor Prokopchuk, at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council. The text of the statement is published on the website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
“We call on the OSCE Chairmanship and the OSCE Institutions to use all assets at their disposal for distant monitoring, documentation and reaction to human rights situation in the illegally occupied Crimea.”
According to the Ukrainian diplomat, the situation with human rights in the Russian-occupied Crimea and Sevastopol,remains alarming.
“We condemn the targeted and persistent repression by the occupation authorities against those who oppose the illegal occupation of the peninsula."
Prokopchuk recalled that the pro-Kremlin "authorities" in the Crimea did not allow the Crimean Tatars to hold mourning events dedicated to the victims of the Deportation. He also pointed to politically motivated persecution of Crimean Tatars Akhtem Chiyhoz, Ilmi Umerov, Nikolai Semena, Vladimir Balukh, and kidnapped Ervin Ibragimov.
“Since the beginning of illegal occupation of Crimea by Russia, more than 20 activists, mostly Crimean Tatars, have been reported missing.We again urge the Russian Federation, as an occupying power, to take responsibility for stopping all human rights violations on the peninsula and to allow free and unconditional access for permanent international monitoring in Crimea."
Earlier, lawyer Emil Kurbedinov stated that, in spite of objective threats and risks, he does not intend to stop his activities to defend the rights of politically persecuted activists, journalists and Muslims in the Crimea.