At the end of last year, the updated checkpoints points of entry/exit at the administrative border of Kherson region with the temporarily occupied AR of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol became operational. The main purpose of their reconstruction was to make it as comfortable as possible for citizens to cross the administrative border and to obtain administrative services.
In March 2020 the officials of the Mission of the President of Ukraine in the AR of Crimea the Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, representatives of the Ukrainian Helsinky Human Rights Union and CrimeaSOS visited the checkpoints at the administrative border with the temporarily occupied Crimea to monitor the work of the Administrative Service Center and service zone, situated there.
The results of the visits are available in the Monitoring report on crossing the administrative border via the checkpoints with the temporarily occupied Crimea in March 2020
On the third webinar of the series, dedicated to transitional justice on transition of Ukraine from war to sustainable peace, the issues of implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) were discussed, in particular the concept of armed conflicts and their classification.
Anton Korynevych explained the difference between the international and non-international armed conflict, as well as on relationship between the modern conflict classifications (“hybrid”, “informational”, “economic” wars) including categories, provided by the IHL. He also characterized the situation in Crimea and Donbas with respect to international law “Online lecture was given by Anton Korynevych, the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea”
On 08 April 2020 the so-called “investigative committee” reported that om 10 April the leader of the Crimean Tartar People Mustafa Dzhamilyov would be charged in a “criminal case”, opened in summer of 2014.
Mustafs Dzhamilyov is accussed of allegedly illegal crossing the state border of the Russian Federation and “illegal careless storage of weapons”
The so-called Simferopol “court” detained Dzhamilyov in absentia as a preventive measure on the grounds that he is “a fugitive from investigation and trial, can put pressure on witnesses, destroy evidence, being a citizen of another state without a permanent place of residence in the territory of Crimea”.
The occupier continues to violate the international humanitarian law applying its criminal legislation in the occupied Crimea and practice politically motivated persecution in absentia against the Ukrainian authorities using this as an element of propaganda as well.
We emphasize that the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol are integral parts of Ukraine. Politically motivated criminal proceedings opened by the so-called “law-enforcement agencies of the occupying – state” against Mustafa Dzhamilyov is ultimately just an unlawful persecution against the leader of the Crimean Tatar People for his opposition to Russian aggression and struggle for territorial integrity of Ukraine. It is also a reaffirmation of systemic policies of the occupiers, aimed to discredit and obstruction of the activity of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar People.
We are confident that this fact will be assessed not only within national criminal proceedings but also by courts at the international level.