international community remains deeply concerned by the situation in the
Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the status of which is prescribed by General
Assembly resolution 68/262, which continues to be characterized by human rights
abuses committed by the de facto authorities. We reiterate our
support for the territorial integrity, political independence, unity and
sovereignty of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, which
continues to be violated by the illegal occupation and annexation of Crimea.
occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in spring 2014 a number of
internationally recognized human rights monitors have published reports on the
human rights situation in Crimea, including those of the Commissioner for Human
Rights of the Council of Europe, and of the Human Rights Assessment Mission of
the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and OSCE High
Commissioner on National Minorities, which were regrettably denied access by
the de facto authorities. We also recall the 12 reports of the Office of the
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation
in Ukraine, a substantive part of each of which is dedicated to the situation
on human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
reports reflect a number of serious and systematic human rights abuses that
continue to take place in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of
Sevastopol. These include measures such as the forced implementation of the
legal system of the Russian Federation, for example forced issuance of Russian
passports, and intimidation, incarceration and politically motivated
persecution of Crimea residents. Increasing impediments to
the exercise of free expression including tightening control of the media and
establishment of new regulations for media re-registration under the Russian
Federation law, the intimidation of journalists, systematic harassment and
disruption of the news media in the Crimean Tatar and the Ukrainian languages.
The human rights violations also encompass police-led brutality against ethnic
Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars and other ethnicities, including arbitrary
searches and seizures and arrests, torture and ill-treatment of detainees; the
effective proscription in practice of the Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian
languages, particularly in public administration, education, religious and
other services; the transfer of persons in detention to the Russian Federation;
and the seizure and violation of property and other economic rights of
non-Russian citizens along with their deprivation of proper medical care.
condemn the measures and practices of discrimination and human rights
abuses against Crimean Tatars, ethnic Ukrainians and members of other
minorities in Crimea committed by the Russian Federation as exercising de facto
control over the peninsula.
We call upon the authorities of the Russian
Federation as the occupying power in Crimea to address these concerns through
the following measures.
Russian Federation must take all necessary measures to bring to an immediate
end all human rights abuses against Crimean Tatars, ethnic Ukrainians and
persons belonging to other ethnicities and others opposed to the occupation
living in Crimea, including, in particular, the discriminatory measures and
practices, arbitrary searches and seizures, unfair trials and the practice of
torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Discriminatory
legislation, in particular that which has entered into force since March 2014,
must be revoked.
recommendations of the Human Rights Committee, in particular on issues related
to nationality, residence, labour, property and land,
access to health care and education, as well as the freedoms of expression,
association, religion, and peaceful assembly should be given due consideration.
In this regard, we call for respect for individuals who self-identify as
persons belonging to national minorities, as well as the promotion and
protection of their rights.
we call for the immediate release of Ukrainian citizens Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Ahtem Chiygoz and other activists who were seized in Crimea,
transferred to the Russian Federation and detained and judged in violation of
elementary standards of justice.
of Crimean Tatar Reshat Ametov
and enforced disappearances of Crimean civil society and human rights activists
Leonid Korzh and Vasyl Chernysh and others must be investigated in a
transparent way and the perpetrators brought to justice. Lack of accountability
remains one of the main sources of human rights abuses.
Federation must also reopen the cultural and religious institutions of the
Crimean Tatars, cooperate fully and immediately with the Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in the territory
of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and allow unconditional and immediate
access of international and regional human rights mechanisms to the Autonomous
Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.
recall that the international community recognizes that Crimea is part of
Ukraine and call upon Russia to end its occupation.
believe that there needs to be an international presence in Crimea to
monitor the situation of human rights. This is of paramount importance in
preventing the situation from further deteriorating. We encourage the
Secretary-General in this regard to consult regularly with the United Nations
High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant regional organizations.
encourage the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights to consider preparation of a separate report on the situation on human
rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine) and underline the need
for full access for HRMMU and other international human rights missions to the
territory of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.