On 17 September 2015 OSCE ODIHR and office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities presented its Report of the Human Rights Assessment Mission (HRAM) on Crimea. Report is conducted upon Mission’s visit to Ukraine from 6 to 18 July 2015 following the invitation of Ukrainian Government (15 June 2015).
Particular attention is drawn to existing practices of occupation authorities in prosecuting pro-Ukrainian citizens for charges in “extremism and separatism”, applying forced entry into Russian citizenship, conducting moral, psychological, political pressure, persecuting and kidnapping Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians and Peninsula residents who openly support Ukraine’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
Report also presents outrageous facts of systemic and large-scale violations of human rights in Crimea, in particular, politically motivated persecutions against “Euromaidan” activists, kidnappings of political activists by “Crimean self-defense forces”, bans for entry towards Crimean Tatars’ Mejlis leaders, blocking transportations to mainland Ukraine of more than 4000 children without parental care.
The allegations documented and trends established by the report demand urgently to be addressed by occupation authorities which goes in line with calls of the international community and Ukraine to immediately grant unimpeded access to Crimea for international human rights monitoring missions and NGOs, refrain from practices of political persecutions and forged accusations of extremism and terrorism of local activists.
Ukraine highly values Mission’s contribution to providing unbiased and transparent monitoring upon existing violations in the human rights sphere in Russia’s occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.