Cultural rights of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars violated in Crimea - UNESCO report

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Марина ПищулинаQHA media
30 September 2019, 17:34
Марина ПищулинаQHA media
30 September 2019, 17:34

A deterioration of the situation with human rights and freedoms, especially for Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, was recorded in the illegally annexed Crimea.

This follows from the report of UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Ed.) on the situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea in the fields of education, science, culture, dissemination of information and the functioning of the media, according to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

The document states a further deterioration of the situation on the peninsula in all organization’s fields of competence.

In particular, in the annexed Crimea, the rights of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars to education and culture are grossly violated. Journalists are persecuted, illegally arrested, and the media in every way prevent the free dissemination of information and carry out their activities.

“The report emphasizes that the actions of the Russian occupation authorities indeed threaten the preservation of the universal cultural and historical value and authenticity of Ukrainian cultural heritage sites, including the object “Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora” from the UNESCO World Heritage List and the Bakhchysaray Crimean Khans Palace,” Ukrainian MFA stated.

On September 25, Ukrainian Ambassador to France Oleh Shamshur at UNESCO headquarters, where monitoring of the situation in the Crimea temporarily occupied by Russia was discussed, said that the human rights situation in Crimea has a clear tendency to exacerbation.

According to Shamshur, various forms of abuse related to human rights are caused by Russia's continued denial of free access to the peninsula by representatives of international organizations that monitor the observance of human rights.