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Human rights defenders told the UN Secretary General about the problems of Crimeans

On 9 July in Kiev, there was a meeting of UN Secretary General António Guterres with representatives of human rights and public organizations. The head of the Crimean Human Rights Group, Olga Skrypnik, took part in the meeting.

Human rights defenders and activists informed the Secretary-General about many problems in the field of human rights, most of which were the result of the occupation of Crimea and the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

The head of the Crimean Human Rights Group, Olga Skrypnik, began her speech from the public position.

“The Ukrainian government should stop discriminatory practices against residents of Crimea and IDPs, first of all, abolish the status of non-residents for Ukrainian citizens with a “Crimean residence permit” and provide Crimean residents with access to administrative services without unreasonable restrictions,” – Olga Skrypnik said in her speech.

The human rights activist stressed that the policy of the blockade of Crimea is unacceptable, recalled Ukraine’s obligations to preserve cultural, social and information ties with the inhabitants of Crimea. “For this purpose, such restrictions as resolution No. 1035 is not permissible,” – Skripnik said.

In her speech, the leader of the CHRG noted the importance of the issue of Crimea on the agenda of the UN General Assembly and the acceptation of new resolutions that would even more clearly reflect the problems of large-scale and systemic violations of human rights in Crimea.

During the meeting, human rights defenders also informed the UN Secretary General about the problems of obtaining Ukrainian documents for Crimean residents, as well as statements of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and NSDC Secretary Alexander Turchinov about the need for thorough checks of all who wish to obtain a biometric passport arriving from the occupied territories. The activists urged Mr. Guterres to promote the protection of Ukrainian citizens residing in the occupied territories from discrimination in obtaining biometric passports.

The UN Secretary General, after a meeting with human rights defenders, went to a meeting with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, where he also discussed the problems raised by human rights defenders.



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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