Ukraine's Foreign Ministry Comment on the new wave of searches and detentions of activists in the Crimea
17 February 2021 16:18

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly protests against a new wave of illegal politically motivated searches and detentions in the temporarily occupied Crimea, carried out by the Russian occupation authorities.

According to the available information, on the night of February 17, searches were conducted in the houses of Abdulbori Mahamadaminov, Azamat Eyupov, Timur Yalkabov, Ibragimov Ernest, Oleg Fedorov, Lenur Seidametov, and Yashar Shikhametov. Among the mentioned persons were activists of the Crimean Solidarity and the Crimean Childhood (the project supporting children of political prisoners) thus clearly indicating the politically motivated character of the actions of the occupation authorities.

"These actions once again reveal Moscow's full disregard for fundamental norms of international humanitarian law, its obligations as an occupying power, its readiness to use illegal strong-arm methods to suppress political and religious dissent and to block human rights activities in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territory," said First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova

The Foreign Ministry once again reminds the Russian Federation of the UN General Assembly resolution 68/262 of March 27, 2014 "Territorial Integrity of Ukraine" along with resolutions "Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine” of 2016-2020, as well as the order of the International Court of Justice on provisional measures in Ukraine’s case against the Russian Federation regarding the application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. These documents and decisions indicate that the international community categorically rejects the practice of political persecution in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea. They also spell out that the Russian Federation is responsible for upholding human rights and fundamental freedoms in the peninsula.

The Russian Federation has to fulfill its international legal obligations as an occupying power and to put an end to political repressions against the population of the temporarily occupied territories.

The information about Russia's illegal activities in the temporarily occupied territories, including the mentioned cases of illegal searches and detentions, will be presented by Ukraine on February 23, 2021, for the consideration of the UN General Assembly during the debate on the agenda item “The Situation in the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine”.

We call on international partners to give a proper assessment of the Russian Federation’s illegal actions in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

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