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PACE adopted resolution on Ukraine

October 13, 2016 11:24 0 1985 QirimInfo
Document stresses that Russia is solely responsible for the violation of human rights in Crimea and Donbas.

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution, which is devoted to systemic violations of human rights on Ukrainian territory outside the control of the Ukrainian authorities. The presentation of text of the resolution published in magazine "Tyzhden".

This document held Russia fully responsible for the violation of human rights both in Crimea and Donbas.

It also contains a number of other critical items for Ukraine, which have not been approved at the level of international organizations. For example, it was confirmed that the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and the military intervention of the Russian armed forces in the east of Ukraine violate the international law and principles, supported by the Council of Europe.

PACE acknowledged that Russian military presence and effective control have been officially recognized by the Russian authorities in relation to Crimea.

"In the Crimea and in the conflict zone in the Donbass serious human rights violations have been and continue to occur, as evidenced by numerous reports... These violations include extrajudicial executions, abductions, torture and inhuman and degrading treatment, illegal detention and disproportionate restrictions on freedom of expression and information", — it is stated in the resolution.

Victims of human rights violations have no effective remedies in Crimea, where the atmosphere of intimidation affects the independence of the courts and, in particular, the willingness of police and prosecutors to bring to justice perpetrators of crimes against potential or actual supporters of Ukraine.

In Crimea Ukrainians in general, and the Crimean Tatars are the most vulnerable group, because the violations of their rights remain largely unpunished.

The Crimean Tatars, after the recent decision of the Supreme Court to ban the Mejlis and its local branches have lost their traditional democratic representation. The Crimean Tatar media and Muslim religious practice ocurred under pressure.

"The cumulative effect of these repressive measures is a threat to the very existence of the Crimean Tatar community as a distinct ethnic, cultural and religious group", — it is stated in the resolution.

RF does not provide the right of the Crimean Tatars to equality before the law, as well as their right to protection from violence by the state. Such violations are confirmed by cases of the disappearances of the Crimean Tatars, the prohibition of entry of leaders of the Crimean Tatars to Crimea, interference with religious practices, ban the Crimean Tatar media and the Mejlis,  recognized supreme body of the Crimean Tatars.

Assembly requires the Russian Federation to cease its repressive actions against those loyal to the Ukrainian authorities, in all areas under their effective control, including in Crimea. In particular, PACE noted the need to restore the historical rights of the Crimean Tatars.

Russian Federation was pointed to the need to promote independent monitoring of the situation of human rights in all Ukrainian territories under its control. PACE calls and to use all available legal means to review the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on the Mejlis outlaw, as well as to allow the Crimean Tatar community to elect its government.

Also PACE requires from Russia to transfer to Ukraine those prisoners who expresses such desire, and to stop the practice of transferring from the Crimea to Russia persons who do not have Russian citizenship, including prisoners.

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