On June 15, a meeting of the International Action Platform for the Release of Political Prisoners Detained by Russia was held under the chairmanship of First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova.
The meeting was also attended by Ukrainian MPs, representatives of the Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, Office of the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, non-governmental human rights organizations, as well as by released political prisoners and relatives of illegally detained persons.
"Minister Dmytro Kuleba and I both consider the inclusive approach, when different authorities, the state and the society unite to reach a common goal, to be the most effective. The Platform embodies this synergy of action of the public sector and the civil society. I believe that trough our joint efforts we will be able to achieve our goal - the release of all of our citizens illegally detained by Russia for political reasons," the First Deputy Minister added.
During the meeting, the participants discussed the results of joint activities aimed at releasing and protecting the rights of Ukrainian political prisoners illegally detained by Russia and identified the priorities and international campaigns for the near future.
The parties also exchanged views on further joint actions aimed at strengthening the international attention to the problem of politically motivated persecution by the Russian Federation and the use of repressive practices against Ukrainian citizens in the temporarily occupied territories of our state.
For reference: The International Action Platform for the Release of Political Prisoners Detained by Russia is a mechanism initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in July 2020 with a view to uniting the efforts of national actors, in both the government and civil sectors, involved in the release of Ukrainian citizens illegally detained by the Russian Federation for political reasons.