Situation with human rights worsened in Crimea – UNESCO
The Russian occupation administration on the peninsula systematically resorts to political persecution, commits cultural and religious oppression, the Executive Board of UNESCO noted.UNESCO notes the further deterioration of the human rights situation in Crimea and Sevastopol / illustrative photo from UNIAN, Evgeniy Kravs
On Thursday, October 14, the UNESCO Executive Board, with a convincing majority of votes, adopted the 13th decision “Monitoring the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine)”. The report of the Director General of UNESCO on the situation on the peninsula, which was captured by Russia, was presented for consideration .
This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
It is noted that the information presented in the report testifies to a further deterioration of the human rights situation in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.
“The Russian occupation administration continues to disregard international humanitarian law, systematically resort to political persecution, commit cultural and religious oppression, the educational process has turned into a deliberate erasure of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar national identity. The illegal transfer of Ukrainian cultural property from Crimean museums and illegal archaeological excavations have reached staggering proportions. Objects of national importance are incurring irreparable losses due to barbaric treatment and looting, “the message says.
According to the Foreign Ministry, today’s decision of the Executive Council of UNESCO “Monitoring the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine)” is “another evidence of international support for Ukraine in its efforts to protect human rights, cultural and natural heritage on the temporarily occupied peninsula.”
We will remind, Russia seized Crimea in 2014. A number of states do not consider Crimea “Russian” and have punished the Russian Federation for its aggression against Ukraine by imposing sanctions.
In Russia, the question of the peninsula is called “closed”. Kiev created the “Crimean Platform” for its de-occupation , and its first summit took place at the end of August .
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is an international organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, which, with the cooperation of its member states in the field of education, science, culture, contributes to the elimination of illiteracy, the training of national personnel, the development of national culture, protection cultural monuments and the like.
Author: Tatiana Gerasimenko