Joint statement at the 36th HRC session on access to human rights monitoring and provision of assistance in temporarily occupied Crimea (a.i.10)
Joint statement on access to human rights monitoring and provision of assistance in temporarily occupied Crimea
This statement is delivered on behalf of 39 countries.
We appreciate the work of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in delivering technical assistance at the country level. We reiterate that allowing the OHCHR full access to monitor and report on the human rights situation on the ground is essential in providing technical assistance.
Human Rights Monitoring Mission, deployed in Ukraine since March 2014 at the Government’s request to monitor human rights situation and assist the Government in improving it, has been denied access to the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, which the GA resolution 68/262 recognizes an integral part of Ukraine, due to temporary occupation of the peninsula by the Russian Federation and non-cooperation by the occupying authorities with the OHCHR.
The OHCHR report on the situation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine) prepared pursuant to the GA resolution 71/205 has stated clearly that this situation has significantly deteriorated since the beginning of Crimea occupation by the Russian Federation, disproportionately affecting Crimean Tatars, ethnic Ukrainians and all others who opposed the Russian occupation or were critical of the de facto ‘authorities’. According to the OHCHR report, this includes but is not limited to:
- Substitution of Ukrainian laws by the Russian laws in violation of international humanitarian law
- Lack of effective investigations of allegations of ill-treatment, torture, abductions, disappearances and extrajudicial killings involving members of the security forces and the so called Crimean self-defence
- Compelling residents of the temporarily occupied Crimea to serve in the Russian armed forces; transferring parts of the Russian civilian population into Crimea; transferring protected persons from Crimea to Russia, in violation of IHL
- Retroactive application of penal laws to acts committed before the occupation of Crimea
- Misuse of forcible psychiatric hospitalization
- Applying legislation on extremism, terrorism and separatism to criminalize freedom of expression and peaceful assembly; arresting and charging persons for expressing dissenting views, including on the status of Crimea
This situation needs to be improved urgently, in particular through monitoring and technical assistance.
We urge the Russian Federation to cooperate fully with international and regional monitoring mechanisms, including by granting their representatives unrestricted access to Crimea in accordance with the GA resolution 71/205.
The list of countries: Ukraine, Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America
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