UN urges Russia to uphold human rights in Crimea

UN urges Russia to uphold human rights in Crimea

The United Nations urges Russia to uphold human rights in Crimea as an "occupying state under international humanitarian law."

This is said in the joint statement on behalf of 40 countries made during the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UNO Branch and other International Organizations in Geneva published the statement on its website.

"The Russian Federation must uphold human rights in Crimea, respect its obligations as an Occupying Power under international humanitarian law, and grant full and unimpeded access to Crimea for international and regional monitoring mechanisms. We call on the Russian Federation to comply with its obligations under international law reaffirmed in UNGA resolutions 71/205 and 72/190, as well as with the Order of the International Court of Justice of 19 April 2017," the statement reads.

It is noted that the United Nations Human Rights Council is "concerned by the ongoing violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law" committed by Russia.

In particular, the violations detailed in the OHCHR report include deportations and forcible transfers of protected persons outside the occupied territory; transferring of parts of Russia’s own civilian population to Crimea; torture and ill-treatment; enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and detention; violations of the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, association, religion and movement; forced conscription of Crimean residents into the Russian armed forces; and arbitrary searches of private property, which disproportionately affect Crimean Tatars.

The signatories to the statement emphasize that “situation needs to be improved urgently.”

The joint statement on the human rights situation in temporarily occupied Crimea and unrestricted access for human rights monitoring mechanisms was signed by Australia, Austria, Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Northern Ireland.


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