: OSCE slams Russia's violations of human rights in Crimea

17:43 Jul. 4, 2016

OSCE slams Russia's violations of human rights in Crimea

In this photo taken Sunday Jan. 24, 2016, a billboard with a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin is placed on the road outside Simferopol, Crimea (AP Photo)

Resolution called "On violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Crimea, and violations of Crimean Tatars' rights"

OSCE Parliamentary Assembly adopted a resolution condemning Russia's annexation of Crimea, at the session which is taking place in Tbilisi, Georgia, on July 1-5. 

This is reported by the information department of Ukraine's Parliament (the Verkhovna Rada). 

The draft resolution was initiated by a member of Ukraine's Parliament Standing Delegation in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Ukraine's MP Natalia Agafonova.

The resolution calls on the member states to refrain from any action or contact which directly or indirectly may imply recognition of the change in Crimea's status as an integral part of Ukraine.

The document also condemns repressive measures launched by Russian security forces against the Mejlis and its leaders, and severe restrictions of freedom regarding peaceful rallies including traditional events to mark the anniversary of Crimean Tatars' deportation.

The resolution urges Russia to "immediately and unconditionally" release Crimean political prisoners "who were illegally detained or jailed on fabricated charges of the 'de-facto' occupation authorities in Crimea."

"OSCE PA condemns serious restrictions on freedom of media and expression in the annexed Crimea and expresses concern at lack of Ukrainian-language educational opportunities," reads the resolution.

Mejlis called on the Council of Europe and governments of the UN member states to enhance Russia's political isolation through pressure on Kremlin in Crimea. 

Read also 'Mejlis ban is grave attack on human rights' - E.U.

In April, Ukraine's Parliament requested the UN Security Council to convene to assess Russia's banning of the Mejlis.

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