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23.03.2017

Human rights defenders submitted a report on violation of Crimeans’ rights by Ukraine to the United Nations

A number of Ukrainian human rights organizations, including the Crimean Human Rights Group, with the support of the Human Rights Houses Foundation (HRHF) presented an alternative report to the United Nations in connection with the consideration of Ukraine in the framework of the 28th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). In the report, human rights activists highlighted the violations of human rights against Crimean residents by the Ukrainian authorities.

The problems that are mentioned in the review:
– regulatory acts of Ukraine, discriminating against the citizens of Ukraine — the residents of Crimea, including the Law of Ukraine “On the Creation of a Free Economic Zone Crimea”, the NBU Resolution No. 699 and others;
– unreasonable restrictions on the export of personal belongings from Crimea in connection with the action of the Cabinet of Ministers Resolution No. 1035;
– normative and legal documents that create obstacles for residents of Ukraine living in Crimea in obtaining Ukrainian acts of civil status (birth, death, marriage);
– restriction of access of foreign observers and journalists to Crimea;
– destruction of ties with the population of Crimea by the Ukrainian authorities through the introduction of various forms of blockade of the occupied territories. As examples, the bill No. 3593 was specified, which proposes to completely remove the responsibility for protecting the rights of Ukrainian citizens residing in the occupied territories from Ukraine and to entrust it to the Russian Federation, including the responsibility for paying pensions and social benefits, which is the constitutional duty of Ukraine.

Among other problems, the decisions of the Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine not to open criminal cases and not to investigate a number of facts of human rights violations in Crimea.

See full version of the report at HRHF report

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31.07.2017

Crimean citizens are recruited into the Russian army in violation of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of WarOn 30 July, 2017 another action was held in Sevastopol calling to serve under the contract in the Russian army. The citizens of Sevastopol again were recruited for military service. At the so-called “point of selection for military service on a contract basis” they distributed booklets with agitation to serve in separate coastal defence brigade 126 and in landing ships brigade 197 of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. Agitation was held in Sevastopol during the celebration of the day of the Navy on Nakhimov Square. According to the Crimea.Realii website, an exhibition of land military equipment was held on the same square; The exhibition included: a mobile coastal anti-ship missile system “Bastion” with a unified homing missile “Yakhont”, a mobile command and staff radio station, a floating wheeled armoured personnel carrier, an anti-aircraft missile system S-300 “Favorit” for the destruction of modern and prospective aircraft, a 122 mm missile-antiaircraft complex Grad, a multiple launch rocket system “Uragan”, an anti-aircraft missile system “Pantsir”, an air defence missile system “Osa”, a charging car, a self-propelled artillery “Gvozdika”. According to Russian media, the occupation authorities held a naval parade in the city, where military a demonstration fire was organized. The event began with the entrance of the three-masted sailing frigate “Khersones” to the Sevastopol Bay, at which students of the Ukrainian University (Kerch State Maritime Technological University) earlier had a maritime practice. According to local and Russian media, the training ship “Perekop”, missile cruiser “Moscow” and the diesel-electric submarine “Stary Oskol”, as well as the naval aviation Ka-27 helicopters and Su-30SM fighters, also took part in the military parade. Such actions of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine, which was occupied by it, grossly violate international humanitarian law and are prohibited by international conventions. The Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) earlier recorded the holding of similar agitation events for military service in the Russian army in the occupied peninsula. We remind you that Article 51 of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War explicitly prohibits the invocation of an occupying power in the occupied territory. The head of the CHRG, Olga Skrypnik, noted that among other things the Convention prohibits propaganda of the military conscription in the occupied territories, including all the advertising posters, various “patriotic” events in schools and universities where people are called to go to the Russian army. Both contractual and regular service are under the ban. Photos of the mobile point of military drafting and promotional booklets were made on 30 July in Sevastopol.

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