The PACE has condemned Russia for persecuting Crimean Tatars and violating human rights in Crimea

The Assembly also condemns all attempts by Russia to legitimize or normalize its declared annexation of Crimea.PACE adopts tough resolution on occupiers' actions in Crimea / facebook.com/ParliamentaryAssemblyPACE adopts tough resolution on occupiers’ actions in Crimea / facebook.com/ParliamentaryAssembly

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a tough resolution demanding that the authorities of the Russian Federation respect the rights of Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea .

According to an UNIAN correspondent, 73 votes were cast in favor, 2 abstained and 17 against.

In the resolution, the Assembly strongly condemns Russia’s temporary occupation of Ukrainian territory – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, and the Assembly reaffirms its policy of non-recognition of annexation.

The Assembly also condemns all attempts by Russia to legitimize or normalize its declared annexation of Crimea.

The PACE has condemned serious human rights violations committed against Crimean Tatars immediately after annexation, including killings and abductions, which have not been effectively investigated.

“The Assembly strongly condemns the high number of arbitrary arrests, unjustified persecutions and convictions of Crimean Tatars on false charges of extremism or terrorism on political grounds, including alleged membership in Muslim groups, and opposition to the current regime.” in the resolution.

The PACE is concerned about numerous cases of violations of the religious freedom of Crimean Tatars, including in relation to specific religious groups allegedly involved in terrorist or extremist organizations, when these groups have no connection with public order violations.

The resolution also expresses concern over the restrictions faced by Crimean Tatars on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including the persecution of individuals for organizing peaceful single pickets. There are deep concerns about the application of the practice of denying entry to Crimea to journalists and the subsequent ban on them from visiting the territory of the Russian Federation for a long time.

The Assembly urges the Russian authorities to implement the provisions of UN General Assembly Resolution A / RES / 68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine (in particular, this document states that “the referendum held in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on 16 March 2014 was invalid). , cannot be the basis for any change in the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea or the city of Sevastopol ”), as well as to implement the provisions of other resolutions of the UN General Assembly on the human rights situation in Crimea.

At the same time, the Assembly called on Russia to stop applying Russian law in Crimea, including in the context of the fight against terrorism and extremism, but to apply, in accordance with international law, the current laws of Ukraine.

PACE also calls on Russia to release every illegally detained or imprisoned person due to abuse of Russian legislation in Crimea, including political prisoners, to stop compulsory conscription of Crimean residents, including Crimean Tatars, into the Russian army, to stop the practice of relocation detainees from the Crimea to the Russian Federation and to ensure their return to the Crimea or to mainland Ukraine.

At the same time, the PACE called on Russia to immediately stop administrative or judicial persecution of Crimean Tatars and to ensure that any searches or raids are conducted in compliance with human rights.

In addition, there is a call to repeal decisions banning the Crimean Tatar People’s Majlis and to allow Majlis leaders Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov to return to Crimea. There are also calls for the lifting of the ban on the activities of Crimean Tatar media in Crimea.

The Assembly calls on the Russian Federation to ensure full and unhindered access for international and regional human rights monitoring bodies to Crimea.

(C)UNIAN 2021

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