On 28 April 2021, First Deputy Minister Emine Dzhaparova took part in the 1402nd meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, at which she informed the participants in detail about a new round of tensions on the part of the Russian Federation, manifested by military build-up on the Ukrainian boarder and on the occupied territories, as well as in the Black Sea and in the Kerch Strait.
Emine Dzhaparova stressed that the military escalation is taking place in the conditions of ongoing gross and systematic human rights violations in the occupied Crimea. She pointed out that the Russian Federation, as an occupying power, represses both citizens and organizations that are unfavorable to it: "For four years now, the Russian occupation authorities have been ignoring the order of the UN International Court of Justice to resume the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People".
"Ukraine will use all available opportunities to protect human rights and freedoms in the occupied territories, because they need special attention and enhanced protection from our Organization", Emine Dzhaparova stated.
At the meeting, Emine Dzhaparova presented a draft decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe titled "Human Rights Situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol (Ukraine)" initiated by Ukraine, which aims to enhance the involvement of the Council of Europe in the monitoring of the situation with human rights in the temporarily occupied Crimea.
She stressed on the importance of joint action to end Russia's blockade of access to Crimea for Council of Europe bodies and for the relevant monitoring procedures.