Ukrainian delegation held a meeting with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights: topics discussed
On April 19 the Ukrainian delegation in Strasbourg met with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović. UATV reports this referring to the information of the permanent delegation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to PACE.
Dunja Mijatović is reported to have expressed concern over the violations of the rights of resident of Crimea, in particular, concerning the issue of cases of forced passportization.
“Our delegation has raised the following issues: the situation with the human rights in the occupied Crimea and in separate areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, cases of disappearance and illegal arrests of people, in particular Oleh Shevandin and Vladyslav Yesypenko, the issue of Crimean Tatars’ rights protection, as well as the issue of cancelling of the RF’s decision to recognize Mejlis a “terrorist organization”, – the message tells.
According to members of the delegation, Dunja Mijatović expressed willingness to attend the occupied Crimea, however there is a number of obstacles, preventing her from this visit.
“Unfortunately, Russia refuses her visit to Crimea, demanding her to enter from the territory of the RF, while Ukraine allows visiting its sovereign territory only from mainland Ukraine. Besides, the visit is also complicated by the coronavirus disease pandemic”, – Ukrainian representatives explained.
The Ukrainian delegation to continue informing the commissioner about the situation with the human rights in the occupied territories of Ukraine and will continue working upon Dunja Mijatović’s visit, which is said to become a “powerful signal for all the human rights defenders”.
To remind, earlier the PACE committee has approved the resolution on persecution of the Crimean Tatars in Crimea by Russia.