The Ukrainian Parliament Human Rights Committee met with representatives of human rights organizations regarding activities held in Kherson.
Speaking at the meeting, Head of the Crimean Human Rights Group Olga Skripnik said that the adoption of the law titled ‘The establishment of a free trade zone in Crimea and the conduct of economic activities in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine’ causes serious restrictions on the constitutional rights and liberties of the Crimean inhabitants and persons crossing the Crimean administrative border.
“Based on the law in question, a customs control established at the checkpoint at the administrative border in 2014, which is against other Ukrainian law. Thus, the right of Crimean people to freely evacuate the personal chattels from the temporarily occupied territories is violated. The customs officers at the checkpoints do not let Crimean residents to pass things such as musical instruments, furniture, art objects, plants, major appliances through the administrative border of the peninsula, depending on Article 374 and Article 370 of the Ukrainian Customs Law. Besides, the related procedure is not transparent and has a risk of corruption.”Olga Skripnik
Recommendations from Human Rights Defenders on transitions from Crimea Administrative border
In addition, human rights activist Skripnik stated that, according to the relevant law, Ukrainian citizens whose residency registered as Crimea are considered as “non-residents in Ukraine” and their chances to use bank services in Ukraine are restricted. Also, this issue limits the rights of Crimeans to receive a pension, get social assistance and benefit from notary services.
Other human rights defenders who attended the meeting asked the parliament to attempt to cancel the law on the originating of a free trade zone in Crimea. In addition, human rights defenders suggested drafting a new law to regulate the implementation of economic activities in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine.