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Ukraine’s Minister for Affairs of Occupied Territories: Crimean Tatars need professional protection by human rights watchers
18:50, 17 May 2016
Ukraine’s Minister for Affairs of Occupied Territories: Crimean Tatars need professional protection by human rights watchers

No UN missions or other human rights defenders working in Crimea, Vadym Chernysh says

18:50, 17 May 2016

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The Ukrainian official supports any legal opportunities to protect Crimean Tatars in Russian-occupied peninsula. “There are mechanisms we can try using. There is international humanitarian law, and there’s Geneva Convention foreseeing certain commitments for the occupant regime towards the civilians at the occupied territory. All we can offer Crimean Tatars right now is the use of international legal norms. There is no Ukrainian delegation in Crimea, just like there are no UN agencies or members of the Red Cross. There are no surgeons to conduct surgeries – at all. First, we should make it so that there are people who professionally protect human rights and freedoms. There are no other options so far”, said Ukraine’s Minister for Affairs of Occupied Territories.

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