KYIV (QHA) -

International humanitarian missions of the United Nations, the OSCE, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) do not sufficiently record the situation with human rights in the occupied Crimea and the Donbas in their reports, according to the First Vice-Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Irina Gerashchenko.

She noted that the annexed Crimea remains "a territory of lawlessness and systematic violations of human rights".

“Irina Gerashchenko noted that international humanitarian missions, in particular the UN, the OSCE, the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) pay insufficient attention to recording the crimes of the Russian occupation authorities in their reports on the human rights situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, both in the Crimea and Sevastopol, and in Donetsk and Luhansk regions," the press service of the Verkhovna Rada reported.

Gerashchenko stressed that the ICRC does not have access to the occupied territory and to illegally detained citizens of Ukraine.

"Over four years, the ICRC mission has never been able to visit either hostages in the occupied Donbas, or political prisoners in the annexed Crimea," she said.

Earlier, Gerashchenko said that the OSCE and the UN should more actively protect the rights of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and the occupied territories of the Crimea and the Donbas. She stressed that Russia had been holding Ukrainians for four years.

Reportedly, the number of Ukrainian political prisoners in the Crimea and Russia is constantly growing and currently amounts to at least 68 people.

At least 58 people are imprisoned on criminal charges. Of these, 38 are in the Crimea (almost all are kept in Simferopol jail) and 20 are in Russia.

QHA