Today, the 197 session of UNESCO's Executive Board has rendered a decision on "Monitoring the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine)" initiated by Ukraine in collaboration with 12 countries - members of the UNESCO governing. The draft decision has been supported in writing by 26 out of 28 EU member states, as well as by Canada, Norway, the USA, Turkey, Switzerland and Japan. The document was submitted by the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, MP Refat Chubarov.

The organization evaluated the document as a constructive and aimed at specific activities to ensure the human rights observance on the peninsula in UNESCO's competence.

The decision contains a number of new features designed to ensure the UNESCO’s direct involvement into the monitoring of the situation in Crimea and Sevastopol. The works on collection and analysis of the data on human rights violations, as well as development of mechanisms for monitoring the situation on the peninsula will keep on going on.