European Parliament adopts resolution on Russia’s human rights violation in Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

The institution also condemned the persecution of Crimean Tatars and their convictions
15:27, 5 October 2017


Deputies of the European Parliament supported the resolution on Russia's violation of human rights in the annexed Crimea, according to the website of the European Parliament.

The resolution says that the European Union is condemning the precedents of the persecution of Crimean Tatars and their conviction. In addition, European Parliament consideres that the ban by Russian court of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis is a violation of human rights.

"We condemn sentencing of the Crimean Tatar leader and Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Head of Mejlis Akhtem Chiygoz, a journalist Mykola Semena, demanding the cancellation of convictions and the immediate and unconditional release of Umerov and Chiygoz, the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all charges from Semena,” the document states.

The resolution passed by the European Parliament condemned the convictions of another 44 Ukrainians, handed down by the Russian court and the occupation authorities in the Crimea.

Deputies of the European Parliament called on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to consider all claims filed from the Crimea as a priority, since they believe that the Russian judicial system cannot and does not provide legal assistance in these cases.

Related: Crimean ‘court’ arrests another three Crimean Tatars

The European Parliament also called upon to set up mechanisms for monitoring the observance of human rights in the Crimea and to provide Russian access to international organizations on the peninsula.

"European Parliament calls on the Russian authorities as an occupying power that has established control over the Crimea, to grant unimpeded access to Crimea for international institutions and independent experts from the OSCE, the United Nations and the Council of Europe, as well as for any human rights NGOs or news media outlets that wish to visit, assess and report on the situation in Crimea," the document says.

The deputies supported the introduction of sanctions against persons involved in the guilty verdicts of Akhtem Chiygoz, Mykola Semena and Ilmi Umerov.

As it was treported earlier the integrated monitoring of the violation of human rights in Ukraine was represented at the round-table talks 'Violation of human rights, restriction of media freedom and political repressions in Ukraine' in European Parliament on September 27. 

The team of lawyers of 'Uspishna Varta' holds the analysis of the cases of the violations of the human rights in Ukraine since the beginning of 2017. The experts state the fast-moving worsening of the situation with the human rights and absence of the response from the Ukrainian authorities on the criticism from the international expert community.

Related: 48 Crimean Tatars illegally jailed for political reasons in annexed Crimea

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