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Situation in the temporary occupied Crimea continues to deteriorate – report of the UNESCO Director-General
30 September 2019 14:11

UNESCO issued a regular report of the Director-General of Organization on the situation in the temporary occupied Crimea in the fields of education, science, culture, dissemination of information and media development (https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000370522) pursuant to the Decision of the 205th session of the UNESCO Executive Board “Follow-up of the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine)”

The report contains an up-to-date information on the situation in the temporary occupied by the Russian Federation Crimea, collected by UNESCO and provided by Ukrainian Side and international institutions, namely UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and Amnesty International.

The document states the ongoing deterioration of the situation in the peninsula in all UNESCO’s fields of competence. The report provides concrete facts of brutal violations of human rights and freedoms, first of all, of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, of the fundamental principles and norms of the Organization, in particular concerning ensuring educational and cultural rights, impediment to the free dissemination of information and media activities, numerous cases of persecution and illicit  arrests of journalists.

The report draws attention to the devastating actions by Russian occupying power in the temporary occupied Crimea, which endanger the preservation of universal cultural and historical value and authenticity of the Ukrainian cultural heritage properties, namely “Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora”, inscribed on the of World Heritage List and the Khan's Palace in Bakhchysarai, inscribed on the Ukraine’ s Tentative List.

The document informs about the first phase of the implementing of a direct monitoring mechanism of the situation in the temporary occupied Crimea, in particular about two visits of UNESCO’s experts to Ukraine, aimed at collecting information on the situation in the field of science and media development in the temporary occupied peninsula.

The report will be considered at the 207th session of the UNESCO Executive Board to be held in Paris from October 9 to 23, 2019.

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