On 15 December, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova took part in a webinar “Recent Developments in Crimea: Human Rights Violations and Ongoing Militarization of Crimea”, organized by an American NGO “Turkish Heritage Organization”.
The event was also attended by Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Anton Korynevych, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip T. Reeker and Senior Research Fellow, Director of the Brooking’s Institute Arms Control Program, former US Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer, representatives of international organizations, the US accredited diplomatic corps and leading American political think tanks.
During the discussion, Emine Dzhaparova presented the the Crimean Platform initiative aiming to advance the de-occupation of Crimea and keep the Crimean issue among the priorities of the international agenda.
She drew attention to recent developments in the temporarily occupied Crimea with the focus on militarization and human rights violations on the peninsula.
The First Deputy Minister emphasized that Russia’s military build-up on the occupied peninsula and systematic violations of the freedom of navigation in the Azov and Kerch maritime area is a threat not only for Ukraine, but also for the entire region of Eastern Europe, Balkans, and Mediterranean states. She noted that Russia has increased its military capacity in the peninsula more than twice since the beginning of the occupation of Crimea.
Emine Dzhaparova also informed on specific cases of human rights violations in Crimea by Russia as an occupying power, namely the persecution of activists and journalists, illegal detentions, oppression of religious communities, and forcing Ukrainians into Russian citizenship.
She also focused on cases of illegal business activities in the occupied Crimea by certain foreign companies, as well as on the illegal expropriation of Ukrainian property by the Russian occupation administration. In this regard, the First Deputy Minister condemned the “sale” of shares of an illegally expropriated Ukrainian state enterprise “Masandra Winery”.
Emine Dzhaparova has also informed the event participants on the activities of Ukrainian diplomacy and our international partners within international organizations, particularly in the context of the UN General Assembly resolutions on the militarization of Crimea and the human rights situation.