“The PACE adopted severe resolution “Violation of human rights committed against Crimean Tatars in Crimea,” Honcharenko wrote.
It is noted that 73 PACE lawmakers supported the resolution; while 13 stood against it and two more abstained.
The document contains the next points:
- PACE once more confirms that it does not recognize the occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia;
- violence against Crimean Tatars followed the occupation of Crimea and it still continues;
- PACE notes serious violence, particularly tortures, abduction, ban of peaceful gatherings, and other violations of human rights applied against Crimean Tatars.
Meanwhile, the Assembly urges Russia:
- to immediately release Crimea;
- to stop the use of Russian legislation in Crimea;
- to abolish the decision on the ban of the activity of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov;
- to provide the possibility of free studying of Crimean Tatar language;
- release all illicit prisoners;
- to stop forcible drafting of Crimeans to the Russian Army;
- to stop the transfer of detainees from Crimea to Russia.
The message on PACE website says: "Reaffirming the non-recognition of the annexation of Crimea, the Assembly condemned the “grave violations of human rights” that have been committed against Crimean Tatars, including killings and enforced disappearances, “which moreover have not since been subject to an effective investigation."
Adopting a resolution based on the report drawn up by Thorhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir (Iceland, SOC), the parliamentarians called for investigations into “each alleged case of killing, abduction, forced disappearance, torture or inhuman or degrading treatment of Crimean Tatars and to apply appropriate sanctions to the perpetrators of any violations found”. Lawyers must be allowed to “carry out their work without hindrance”, while full respect for the freedoms of expression, association and assembly must be guaranteed, and the ban on Crimean Tatar media outlets lifted.
The Assembly urged the Russian authorities to cease applying Russian law in Crimea, including in the fields of terrorism and extremism, and, in conformity with international law, to apply the laws in force in Ukraine. It also urged them to put an end to transfers of detained persons from Crimea to the territory of the Russian Federation, and called for any person unlawfully detained or imprisoned due to the abusive application of Russian law in Crimea, including for political reasons, which is contrary to international law”, to be released.
Finally, the adopted text invites all relevant actors “to envisage directly involving the representatives of Crimean Tatars in international dialogue related to the situation of Crimean Tatars and of Crimea”. The Monitoring Committee should take into account in its future work the follow-up given to these recommendations by the Russian Federation.
Earlier, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova accused Russia of the prosecution of 93 Crimean Tatars on political motives.