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 OSCE recorded evidence of consistent and massive violations of human rights in Crimea

On Thursday, Sept. 17, the joint Human Rights Assessment Mission of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) published a report on human rights in Crimea upon its visit to Ukraine, July 6-18, 2015.

Censor.NET informs citing Ukraine's Foreign Ministry statement.

The report focuses on the radical deterioration of human rights and freedoms of the Crimean Tatar community and Ukrainians living in Russian-occupied Crimea.

Attention is drawn to the de facto authorities in Crimea applying vague charges of "extremism" and "separatism" against pro-Ukrainian citizens as well as forced citizenship of the Russian Federation, putting moral, psychological, and political pressure, harassing and abducting Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians and citizens of the peninsula openly supporting Ukraine's territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.

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The report presents screaming facts of consistent and massive violations of human rights in Crimea, including politically motivated persecution of Euromaidan participants, abductions of political activists by "self defense" groups, banning the leaders of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People from entering the peninsula, blocking the transportation of more than 4,000 children deprived of parental care to Ukraine's mainland.

"Ukraine highly appreciates the contribution of the OSCE ODIHR and the OSCE HCNM to ensure an objective assessment of existing violations of human rights and freedoms in the occupied Crimea and demands from the Russian Federation and the occupying authorities in Crimea to ensure full and unhindered admission of international monitoring missions and non-governmental human rights organizations to the Crimean peninsula, as well as unconditional implementation by the Russian Federation of the recommendations outlined in the mission's report, and calls on the Russian Federation to take practical steps demonstrating Kremlin's willingness to resume fulfilling its obligations in accordance with the rules and provisions of international law and international humanitarian law," the statement reads.

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