LVIV (QHA) -

The international human rights community needs to speak out about what is happening in the occupied Crimea and change mechanisms of influence on the country-aggressor, President of the Board of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights Danuta Pshivara said as a round-table discussion "Ukraine and the world through the prism of Crimea" held as part of the 2nd Crimean Forum, according to a QHA correspondent.

“We need to pay attention to what is happening in Crimea and to protect the victims of violations, to assist the refugees and the institutions - the independent media - that left the Crimea. We need to speak out about what is happening there. We cannot allow the world to forget about Crimea,” she said.

Pshivara noted that the international human rights community should not only be guided by the tools of the OSCE, UN, Council of Europe and the EU, but also to work for changing international mechanism to resolve the Crimean issue.

"And most importantly, the international human rights community must already begin to think seriously about what should be changed in the international mechanism. After tumbling down the communist walls in the 90s, we, in Poland, were willing to change the situation. So, thanks to that we were able to quickly Europeanize. Therefore, the Crimean community today should not only participate in international institutions, but also to prepare the society to ensure that when the international situation is favorable, it can just take a step forward,” said the President of the Board of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.

It was reported earlier that the 2nd Crimean Forum is being held in Lviv now.

The 1st Crimean Forum was held under the auspices of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in Simferopol on May 17, 2012. The Crimean Forum took over the mandate to voice opinions of former Soviet political prisoners on the latest socio-political processes in the world. In 2012, the Crimean Forum supported the Crimean Tatar people in the struggle for their rights. This year the event was held in Lviv, since it is impossible to collect such a forum on the peninsula now because of its occupation.

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