UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic arrived in Crimea to study the situation.

In Crimea Simonovic met with Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people.  Head of Mejlis Refat Chubarov shared the chronology of events on the peninsula after the capture of administrative buildings by gunmen and deployment of Russian troops.  

At the same time Chubarov stressed that Crimea had no single case of violence on ethnic grounds, which could’ve been a reason for deployment of Russian troops.  

As for referendum, Chubarov noted that about half a percent of Crimean Tatars took part in it.

Simonovic said that during his visit to Ukraine, the need for independent observers for assessing the impact of recent developments on human rights observance became apparent.

Ivan Simonovic also met with deputy head of Crimean Council of Ministers Rustam Temirgaliyev. 

During the meeting, Simonovic proposed to create a human rights mission in Crimea to monitor the situation.

Temirgaliyev informed that the answer will be provided in the nearest future in accordance with the constitution of the Russian Federation.

To recall, Ivan Simonovic was to come to Crimea on March 13, but due to obstacles of Crimean authorities he had to postpone his trip.