Ukrainian presidential envoy for Crimean Tatar Affairs, Mustafa Dzhemilev, is planning a trip to New York where he plans to make a speech at the UN Security Council. This was reported by his press service.
In an interview with the Ukrainian newspaper Day, before the trip, Dzhemilev said that he intends to announce information about human rights violations in Crimea. He also plans to ask members of the UN to strengthen sanctions against Russia.
"Every year, the UN Security Council holds a hearing to assess the human rights situation on the occupied territories. This is what will be discussed. I will insist on strengthening sanctions against Russia, because we do not envisage liberation of the territories by military means," Dzhemilev said.
According to the leader of the Crimean Tatars, he intends to raise the issue of the mobilization of Crimeans to the Russian army at the UN Security Council.
"We'll talk about the forced mobilization of the representatives of the Crimean Tatar people to the Russian army. In accordance with the provisions of the Geneva Convention the occupants do not have the right to call upon the inhabitants of the occupied territories to serve in military units and in organizations that support the army. I'm carrying with me dozens of notices with threats that were sent to our young people, stating that if they don't participate in military registration in the commissariats, they will be prosecuted in accordance with Russian law," Dzhemilev said.
The internationally recognized Ukrainian territory of Crimea was annexed by the Russian Federation in March of 2014 in the wake of the Ukrainian revolution. The Kremlin has faced international condemnation for its annexation of the Peninsula, leading many western countries to impose economic sanctions against Russia. In the United Nations, only Afghanistan, North Korea, Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Syria recognize Crimea as a legitimate federal subject of Russia.
On the second anniversary of the annexation of Crimea by Russia, several countries expressed support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and non-recognition of the Crimean "referendum" of 2014 and voiced their opinions in favor of strengthening of sanctions against Russia.