The European Parliament condemned the large-scale violations of the human rights in Crimea annexed by Russia and expressed concern about the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Donbas. It is stated in the resolution on Ukraine’s fulfillment of the Association Agreement voted by the EU Parliament. German MEP Michael Gahler was a speaker. The voting took place within the plenary meeting of the EU Parliament.
“The EP strongly condemns the large-scale and permanent violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms such as freedom of expression, religion or belief and association, as well as the right to peaceful assembly, perpetrated by the Russian occupying forces in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea and by the so-called separatist forces in the non-government-controlled areas of Donbas, including forced conscription, deportation, passportisation, restrictions on education rights, arbitrary detention, torture and other harsh detention conditions,” the resolution says.
The European Parliament condemns unilateral closure of checkpoints and access denial for the UN and humanitarian missions and it deeply concerns about the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the territory of Donbas not controlled by the Ukrainian government, especially in the context of the current emergency in terms of Covid-19.
Meanwhile, the MEPs considered the law on support of the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state and asked the Ukrainian authorities to bring the Law in line with the international commitments, particularly, the recommendations of the Venice Commission.
Moreover, the European Parliament declared for reform in the mass media sphere to provide independence, impartiality and accountability of the regulatory body, transparency of media ownership and equal possibilities for mass media with fair competition at the market.
Meanwhile, the EP believes that the current bill on counteraction disinformation might lead to extended state interference in the work of mass media and journalist activity in prejudice of the freedom of mass media and it would not be effective in the fight against disinformation.
The EP also noted that the TV mass media market in Ukraine, despite the fact that it is pluralistic, is still characterized by excessive influence of the oligarchs and urged Ukraine to develop free and independent mass media.
The EP urged the European External Action Service (EEAS) to operatively introduce EU global sanctions regime in the sphere of human rights that allow to impose sanctions against people and companies involved in blatant violations of human rights focusing on the situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and sanctions against people responsible for other crimes, including corruption.
Moreover, the EU Parliament urged the Ukrainian authorities to strongly condemn and ban the activity of extremist groups that promote hatred and web-sites, such as Myrotvorets, that provoke tension in the society and abuse personal data of hundreds of people, including the journalist, politicians and representatives of minorities.
In January 2021, the heads of the EU institutions reminded the Ukrainian leadership that a comprehensive revision of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement would begin this year.
As we reported earlier, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal and President of the European Council Charles Michel discussed the implementation of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement during their meeting on the eve of the meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Council.