The Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea together with the Human Rights organization CrimeaSOS and Ukrainian Helsinki Group have made a presentation of chat bot CrimeaIsUAbot (t.me/CrimeaIsUaBot) in Telegram. The chat bot created to support citizens, residing in the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula. With this tool they can get typical answers to frequently asked questions
After a wide-scale illegal “nationalization” of Ukrainian state, municipal and private property in the temporarily occupied Crimea, the occupying authorities of the Russian Federation in 2016 initiated a retrospective inspection of the legality of social and other state housing, allocated to the residents of Crimea before the beginning of occupation.
“United Resident Coordinator Office in Ukraine and UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission have published an informational note calling on the RF authorities in Crimea to adhere the rights of Crimean residents to affordable housing in order the access to social housing meets the non-discrimination principle”
“The introduction of Transitional Justice elements should be seen first of all as the introduction of a policy of restoring human rights and justice and restoring the rights of the victims of armed aggression. Such action is an important component of our country’s reintegration policy, in which not only content but also continued communication with different audiences, including people living under occupation today is an important element. Ukraine has its own peculiarities in the introduction of a policy of justice, as there is an international armed conflict which continues”, the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the AR of Crimea Anton Korynevych pointed out during the discussion.
More information about other speakers is available in the publication of the other organization Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Group.
“Aggressive policy, provided by Kremlin to incite hatred on ethnic and religious grounds. In order to put an end to human rights violations in Crimea, of course, it was necessary to de-occupy the territory and return it under the control of Ukraine. It includes maintaining and increasing sanctions pressure on the Russian Federation and facilitating access by international monitoring mechanisms to the temporarily occupied territory of the Crimean peninsula”, Anton Korynevych stated.
The Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea welcomes the adoption of a draft resolution by the General Assembly committee. This document is an important intrument that Ukraine and its partners in the international arena are actively using. The Mission team appreciates all involved in this important result, especially the work of Dmytro Kuleba, Emine Dzheppar Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine / MFA of Ukraine, Sergíy Kyslytsya Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN / Perm Mission of Ukraine to the UN.
In connection with the declaration of a quarantine in Ukraine, in accordance with the Decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of March 11, 2020 211 «On preventing the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19» in the territory of Ukraine and with the aim of preventing the spread of the virus COVID-19, the Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Republic of Crimea temporarily suspends the personal reception of citizens.
We note, however, that the Mission continues to receive applications from citizens:
– by phone free «hotline»: 0800502192 and by phone (0552) 49-59-39;
– using the Skype network – account: ark predstavnictvo;
– by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
– at the address: 42 Ushakova Avenue, Kherson
Anton Korynevich’s statement concerned the provision of reliable information on the violation of human rights by the Russian Federation on the territory of the Crimean peninsula.
“Political persecution leads to the illegal detention of our citizens for demonstrating their pro-Ukrainian position and turning them into political prisoners on charges of extremism, terrorism etc. Today, there are at least 94 Ukrainian citizens who are political prisoners detained by the occupation authorities. Most of them are Crimean Tatars. Crimea became a «grey zone», where any violations are possible: forced recruitment into the armed forces of the occupier, militarization of the educational process for children in temporarily occupied Crimea, obliteration of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar national identity by the Russian occupation authorities, persecution and destruction of the Ukrainian Church”, the Permanent Representative told.
The presentation focused on the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation in temporarily occupied Crimea was close to catastrophic, and the Russian occupation authorities were unable to fulfil their obligations to protect the civilian population and to care for the lives and health of the Crimean people. There are not enough beds in hospitals, hospitals refuse hospitalization, patients are transferred from hospitals to sanatoriums where they are left without medical assistance, there is no possibility to take a COVID test voluntarily, people sometimes have to wait for more than 24 hours, As long as an ambulance arrives, there are no essential drugs in pharmacies, statistics on the COVID situation in Crimea are distorted by the Russian occupation authorities, there is no objective information, and compliance with quarantine measures is not monitored.
The team of the Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea is grateful to the diplomats – representatives of the European Union countries for the attention they pay to the Crimean issue and interest in participating in the Crimean platform, presented by the First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Emine Djeparova. In her statement, she also invited EU member States to participate in the inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform scheduled for the first half of 2021.
Within the framework of inter-agency cooperation, the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol reported, that the above-mentioned facts are used as a basis for procedural supervision of the pre-trial investigation of criminal proceedings in respect of misappropriation and embezzlement of property, documents, stamps and seals, Taking them by means of fraud or abuse of authority, etc.
The pre-trial investigation established that representatives of the “State Council of the Republic of Crimea”, the “Council of Ministers of the Crimea” and other illegal authorities illegally established in the temporarily occupied territory of the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol adopted a number of decisions on the so-called “nationalization” and the sale of property on the balance sheet of State enterprises, institutions and organizations in connection with this damage to the State on a particularly large scale.
The materials handed over by the Mission are verified and included in criminal proceedings.