The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday issued a new report on Ukraine that describes the breakdown of law and order in the areas held by armed groups in east Ukraine as well as a number of “worrying trends” emerging in Crimea.
In Crimea, “the introduction of Russian Federation legislation, in contradiction with the United Nations General Assembly resolution 68/262 and applicable bodies of international law, hampers the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms,” the report says, adding that “it has created a legislative limbo as, while Ukrainian legislation was supposed to remain in force until 1 January 2015, the legal institutions and framework are already required to comply with the provisions of legislation of the Russian Federation. Thus for instance, NGOs are no longer able to register.”
“Residents in Crimea known for their ‘Pro-Ukrainian’ position are intimidated,” the report continues, citing concern that many may face increasing discrimination, particularly in the areas of education and employment, and adding that leaders and activists of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people face prosecution and limitations on the enjoyment of their cultural rights.
“During the reporting period, the situation of all residents of Crimea has deteriorated with regard to their right to freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, association, religion or belief,” the report says.