CIVIL SOCIETY CALLS UN, OSCE AND COUNCIL OF EUROPE TO WORK IN CRIMEA
A number of civil society organizations from different countries appealed to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the OSCE ODIHR Director, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights with the call about the apparent need of international presence in Crimea.
Thus, they supported the statement of the Crimean Human Rights Field Mission from October 26, 2015.
‘Independent international monitoring and permanent work on observing and reacting to human rights violations are especially needed in a situation where representatives of independent media and human rights initiatives in Crimea are pressured and are forced to leave and the organizations to cease their activities’, organizations say.
Due to Russia’s demands to coordinate visits to Crimea with it, official missions of international intergovernmental organizations are also limited in their working capacity. Special procedure to visit Crimea, established by Ukraine, creates additional difficulties for journalists and human rights defenders.
‘In those circumstances, we consider it essential to ensure the maximum international presence in Crimea of institutions, special procedures and independent experts of the OSCE, the UN and the Council of Europe, which are mandated to protect human rights. Their goals should be to monitor and assess the human rights situation on the Crimean peninsula and to ensure implementation of the recommendations contained in the reports by the OSCE ODIHR and the High Commissioner on National Minorities, as well as the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission’, civil society states.