UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: The situation in Crimea remains critical
During a UN Security Council meeting regarding compliance with human rights in the Crimea, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid al-Hussein mentioned that the situation in the Crimea remains critical and requires constant monitoring by the international community, as stated by the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
The restriction of civil and political rights of Crimean residents, the lack of freedom of expression, and the atmosphere of intolerance are of particular concern for the human rights advocates in the United Nations, the Ukrainian Ministry reported.
The press service added that the Commissioner of the President of Ukraine on Affairs of the Crimean Tatar People, Mustafa Dzhemilev, informed the UN Member States of the persecution of the Crimean Tatars by the Russian authorities. He also drew specific attention to the attempts of the Russian Federation to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People- the highest representative body of the Peninsula’s indigenous population.
The meeting was attended by the delegates from the US, the UK, France, Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Poland, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Turkey, Austria, EU, Sweden, Denmark, Moldova, and others.