“The human rights situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the status of which is prescribed by UN General Assembly resolution 68/262, remains very difficult, with Crimean Tatar demonstrators facing prosecution and Crimean Tatars being arrested for alleged membership in ‘terrorist’ organizations. In a significant and worrying development, on 15 February, the prosecutor of Crimea filed a request with the supreme court of Crimea to designate the Mejlis, the self-governing body of the Crimean Tatars, as an extremist organization and to ban its activities”, reads the report by Fiona Frazer, Deputy Head of the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (Interfax-Ukraine).
The UN recommends that de-facto authorities of Crimea let the members of international organizations, including the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, visit Crimea so as to allow them perform in line with their respective commitments.
The international human rights watchers point out that Russia should do everything possible to not disband the Mejlis and to stop persecutions of its members. Besides, they urge Crimean “government” to stop transportation of Ukrainian citizens, detained in Crimea, to detention facilities in Russia, which breaches conditions of UN General Assembly 68/262.