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29.11.2015

ON THE NEED OF INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE IN CRIMEA

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, support the Statement by Crimean Human Rights Field Mission about the apparent need of international presence in Crimea, as well as the corresponding appeal by the Head of Crimean Human Rights Field Mission to the 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.

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. 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.

We call to the aforementioned international organizations to insure presence of the ground in Crimea of their institutions and their representatives.

If you want to join this appeal, please write to us at secretariat@crimeahr.org.

Organizations-participants of the Initiative Group for Human Rights in Crimea

All-Ukrainian Charitable Foundation “Right to Protection” in partnership with HIAS (Ukraine)

Human Rights Institute (Moscow, Russia)

“Civic Assistance” Committee (Moscow, Russia)

Crimea-SOS (Ukraine)

Komi Human Rights Committee “Memorial” (Komi Republic, Russia)

International Helsinki Association

International Youth Human Rights Movement (YHRM)

Moscow Helsinki Group (Moscow, Russia)

Public organization “MART” (Chernihiv, Ukraine)

Human Rights NGO “Citizens’ Watch (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Human Rights Group “Citizen. Army. Law”(Russia)

“No Borders” project of “Social Action” Center  (Ukraine)

“Soldiers’ Mothers of St. Petersburg” (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (Ukraine)

“Public Verdict” Foundation (Moscow, Russia)

“Public Alternative” Foundation (Kharkiv, Ukraine)

Center for Civil Liberties (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Information Centre for Human Rights (Kyiv, Ukraine)

NGO-membrers of the International Solidarity Platform that suppot the appeal:

Analytical Center for Interethnic Cooperation and Consultations (Tbilisi, Georgia) 

Belorussian Association of Journalists

Belorussian Helsinki Committee

Belorussian Human Rights House B. Zavozskii (Lithuania)

Centre for Development of Democracy and Human Rights (Pussia)

Crude Accountability (USA)

Helsinki Association (Armenia)

Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (Vanadzor, Armenia)

Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia

Human Rights Centre (Azerbajan)

Human Rights House Network (Norway)

Human Rights Movement “Bir Duino-Kyrgystan”

Human Rights without Borders (Armenia)

Freedom Files (Russia)

Kazakhstan international bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law

Netherland Helsinki Committee

Promo-Lex (Moldova)

SOVA Center for information and Analysis (Russia)

Swiss Helsinki Committee

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