The EaP CSF Ukrainian National Platform (UNP) would like once again to draw your attention to the situation in the occupied and illegally annexed Crimea. The world community is already well informed about continuing and ever-increasing attacks on all kind of human rights and freedoms taking place in Crimea due to regular reports of the OSCE and UN missions, national and international human rights organizations and independent experts. However, the restricted access to Crimea to the human rights monitoring bodies, also intimidation of the local population by the de facto authorities of Crimea have recently made gathering of the objective information on the actual situation a very difficult task.
Therefore, first of all, the UNP expresses our full support for the demand to ensure unimpeded access to Crimea for international missions, independent experts, human rights activists and media in accordance with the resolutions and recommendations of the OSCE, UN, EU and the Council of Europe.
The civil society representatives also propose to pay more attention to breaches of not only individual human rights but also of the collective rights of indigenous peoples of Crimea – first and foremost, those of the Crimean Tatars who have been officially recognized as an indigenous people of Ukraine by the Decree of Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine on March 20, 2014.