According to Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin, Russia is violating the rights of the Crimean Tatars.
This was stated by Klimkin during his speech on Tuesday, March 1st at the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, as reported by Evropeiskaya Pravda.
According to him, Russia, as an occupying power, carries out large-scale human rights violations on the Peninsula, especially in regards to the indigenous population- the Crimean Tatars.
“They carry out a covert war against dissidents, destroying all manifestation of cultural identity of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars,” Klimkin emphasized.
The Foreign Minister also called on the HRC to apply pressure on Russia to allow international organizations access to the Peninsula.
“The constant presence of international organizations, including the UN, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe should be allowed in the Crimea to monitor the human rights situation,” the Minister stated.