Thursday, June 15, 2017

UN For Rights

From UNIAN:
"UN insists on resumption of Mejlis activities in occupied Crimea"

The United Nations declares that the Russian Federation must refrain from maintaining or imposing limitations on the ability of the Crimean Tatar community to conserve its representative institutions, including the Mejlis, according to the Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine (February 16 to 15 May 15, 2017) from UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, published on June 13, 2017. "On 19 April, the International Court of Justice delivered its Order on provisional measures in proceedings brought by Ukraine, concluding that the Russian Federation must refrain from maintaining or imposing limitations on the ability of the Crimean Tatar community to conserve its representative institutions, including the Mejlis, and ensure the availability of education in the Ukrainian language," the report said. The Order asserts that the Russian Federation and Ukraine should work towards full implementation of the "Package of Measures" in the Minsk agreements in order to achieve a peaceful settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. As UNIAN reported earlier, the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague announced on April 19 a decision that partially satisfied the request of Ukraine to apply temporary measures against Russia. The court noted that Russia must refrain from imposing limitations on the ability of the Crimean Tatar community to conserve its representative institutions, including the Mejlis. At the same time, the court decided that Ukraine did not provide sufficient evidence that would have become an essential basis for the application of interim measures relating to Russia's violation of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Financing of Terrorism. Ukraine, as part of the lawsuit against Russia, requested the International Court of Justice to introduce temporary measures aimed to prevent Russia from human rights violations for the period of consideration of the case on the merits, in order to protect civilians in the temporarily occupied Crimea and Donbas.


^ The language and cultural rights of the ethnic Ukrainians and ethnic Tartars in Russian-annexed Crimea need to be respected by Russia. Since the Russian invasion, occupation and annexation of the Crimea over 3 years ago the ethnic Russians there have been placed on a pedestal while the ethnic Ukrainian and Tartars have been openly discriminated against by the Russian authorities. The UN (as well as the governments of the world) need to do more than simply talk about protecting the innocent men, women and children in annexed Crimea. Talk hasn't changed a thing over the years. If Russia is breaking international law in the Crimea (or anyplace else) then it needs to be punished by the international community as a whole - the same for any other country. ^


https://www.unian.info/politics/1973934-un-insists-on-resumption-of-mejlis-activity-in-occupied-crimea.html

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