On 6 November, in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine held parliamentary hearings on “Safety of journalists in Ukraine: problems and solutions”
At the parliamentary hearings, the human rights defenders and Crimean mass media raised an important issue on restriction of freedom of speech, elimination of independent journalism and harassment of journalists in the temporarily occupied Crimea by Russia ““Peninsula of Fear, surrounded by the wall of silence”, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine discussed the repressions by the Russian Federation against the Ukrainian journalists in the temporarily occupied Crimea”
Today, Darya Oleksndrivna has been appointed the First Deputy Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
Darya Svyrydova is a famous human rights defender, top professional on Crimean issues. Since 2008, she was engaged in human rights education in Yalta (Autonomous Republic of Crimea) and all over the peninsula. In 2012, she began working as Coordinator of Educational programs for lawyers and advocates of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU). The occupation of the Crimean peninsula made her leave for Kyiv where she continued her human rights activity.
We appreciate Darya’s decision to contribute to the Mission’s activity as well as we glad to have more and more such experienced and enterprising people, ready to struggle for returning of Crimea and promote the human rights protection.
The Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the AR of Crimea Anton Korynevych at the Unity Forum in Mariupol, themed “From endless future plans for tomorrow. Humanitarian policy of Ukraine for maintaining contacts with the citizens, residing in the TOT” noted that it was important for Ukraine to have contacts with the Crimean children and youth. They are the resource, which will help us to regain the Ukrainian statehood in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol City.
Anton Korynevych drew attention to the challenges in education for the Crimeans, including certain mechanisms, promoting the restoration of the contacts with the Crimean youth ““It is important for us to work with children and youth from the temporarily occupied Crimea”, Anton Korynevych said at the Unity Forum”
After five years of war in eastern Ukraine, a state strategy for the safe reintegration of Donbas and Crimea must finally emerge. It should include four compulsory components. It was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a speech at the opening of the Unity Forum in Mariupol.
The Head of State noted that the components of that strategy would be presented and discussed at the forum “President: State strategy on reintegration of Donbas and Crimea must include transparency, consensus, realism and implementation of decisions”
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasizes that in addition to diplomacy, the priority of the Ukrainian authorities in the issues of Donbas and Crimea are information and humanitarian policy.
“These policies do not exist without one another. There is no point in telling how good it is in Ukraine, if it does not coincide with reality outside the checkpoint. And no improvements are important unless our citizens know about them and, consequently, can take advantage of them,” the Head of State said during a speech at the Unity Forum in Mariupol “Today information field of Ukraine as regards Donbas and Crimea is sown with fakes, manipulations and aggression – President”
Speaking at the RE: THINK. Invest in Ukraine Forum in Mariupol, the Head of State stressed that ending the war in the east and returning all Ukrainian territories was the main task.
“It can only be done in a diplomatic way. And for this end Ukraine needs to have a strong position and support. To be a state that is respected and listened to. To thrive, to be independent and successful,” the President said.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy stresses that Ukraine should become such a country and that is why he went into politics.
“Moreover, that is why you are here today. After all, peace in Ukraine is the key to security and stability in Europe and the world, and Ukraine’s success is your success,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, addressing the participants of the forum.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Tamila Tasheva to the post of the Deputy Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea
Ms. Tamila Tasheva is a co-founder and a Chairwoman of the board of NGO “CrimeaSOS. Since 2014 she has become an implementing partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine (UNHCR) in programs related to the protection of IDPs.
She is a human rights activist and one of Crimean Tatars young generation leaders. Ms. Tasheva is actively involved in IDPs issues, human rights situation in Crimea, advocacy activities and developing the Ukrainian legislation in social protection, including humanitarian law regarding the temporary occupied territories
Ms. Tamila Tasheva has a wide experience in civil society sector. Before the annexation of Crimea, Tamila Tasheva successfully implemented a series of cultural and educational projects and civic initiatives promoting the Crimean Tatar people culture and developing of civil society in Ukraine. Tamila Tasheva was a volunteer during Maidan.
Tamila Tasheva Ms. Tamila Tasheva is a co-founder and a Chairwoman of the board of NGO “CrimeaSOS”. Up-to-date she is the co-founder of the Ukrainian grassroots civil society initiative CrimeaSOS. From 2014 CrimeaSOS has become an implementing partner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine (UNHCR) in programs related to the protection of IDPs.
We are grateful to Mrs. Tasheva for her agreement to contribute to the Mission’s activity as well as we are pleased to note the growing number of such experienced and initiative people, willing to fight for the returning of Crimea.
In November, the occupying authorities plan to hold the so-called “yearly international conference” themed “Crimea in the modern international context” with the participation of the representatives of the foreign states. The Russian Federation and the occupying administration of Crimea once again use such events for promotion the recognition of the annexation attempt of the Ukrainian Crimea among the international community.
We call on the foreign citizens to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and reiterate that violation of the Ukrainian law on the visits of the temporarily occupied territory incurs administrative and criminal liability.