UN Slams Human Rights Violations in Crimea

The United Nations has decried human rights violations in Russian-held Crimea and conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014, a land grab that Western countries have refused to recognize. The Crimean Tatars, a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority, have largely opposed Moscow’s 2014 annexation of the peninsula and has seen its local self-governing body banned as an extremist organization. 

Kate Gilmore, a senior UN human rights official, accused Russia — “the occupying Power” — of “deportations of protected persons, forced conscription and restrictions on freedom of expression” in Crimea.

“We also recorded an increased number of house searches and raids, which have disproportionately affected Crimean Tatars,” Gilmore, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Tuesday.

Gilmore accused Moscow of hindering “unimpeded access” to Crimea and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” in eastern Ukraine.

Following Tuesday’s update at the UN Human Rights Council, the UN monitoring mission in Ukraine on Sunday called on Russia to lift its ban on the Crimean Tatar parliament, called the Mejlis.

More than 13,000 people have been killed since the conflict between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian government erupted in the region known as the Donbass in 2014.

(c) The Moscow Times


  1. This useless organisation needs reminding of events from two years ago.

    “The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution entitled “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine,” which was supported by the UNGA’s Third Committee last month.”

    The document also requests the UN Secretary-General to coordinate the actions of the UN structures to ensure the implementation of the provisions of the resolution.

    Two years have passed, and the situation has got worse, the UN have still done nothing, PACE, a so called human rights organisation let the scum back into the organisation. It’s time for a radical shake up, just like they did with the League of Nations.

    • Absolutely. It’s time for the UN to do less “decrying” and do more action like kicking the offenders off their committees or suspending their voting rights until they remedy their fascist actions.

  2. Again (and again, and again, and again …) this useless organization sees a problem with mafia land and again (and again, and again, and again…) nothing will happen.

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