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UNESCO concerns about cultural heritage in annexed Crimea

As a consequence of the so-called "restoration works" held by occupation authorities at the territory of Khan's Palace in Bakhchysarai, there is a real threat of the loss of its historical and cultural authenticity
20:58, 21 September 2018

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) claims about the deterioration of the situation with the protection of the cultural heritage in Crimea annexed by Russia. The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported this citing UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

The document presents facts on the rude violations of the rights of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars in the sphere of education, use of native language and provision of the mass media freedom by the occupation authorities.

"Despite the order of the UN International Court dated April 19, 2017, that obliges Russia to provide the availability of the education in the Ukrainian language; the occupation authorities continue the destruction of the education system for the Russian-language population. Thus, the number of pupils who study in the Ukrainian language decreased by 98% in the comparison with 2014," UNESCO reported.

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The report states the absence of the possibility for Ukraine for access to its objects of the cultural and architecture memorials, museums, biosphere reserves and scientific centers. Also, the facts of the illegal archaeological sites, removal of the cultural values from Crimea are spotted.

The preservation of Khan's Palace in Bakhchysarai that was put on the preliminary list of the UNESCO cultural heritage raises special concern. As a consequence of the so-called "restoration works" held by occupation authorities at its territory, there is a real threat of the loss of the historical and cultural authenticity of this object.

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The document notes the necessity of the establishing of the effective monitoring mechanism of the situation in occupied Crimea and reports on the consultation between Ukraine and UNESCO Secretariat on the format of the holding o the monitoring in the competence sphere of the organization.

Earlier UNESCO also declared a deterioration of the situation with the protection of cultural heritage in the annexed Crimea.

As we reported Ukraine and UNESCO agreed on the monitoring of the situation in the annexed Crimea.

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