UNESCO has released the next report of the Director General of the Organization on the situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea. The document states the deterioration of the situation in the spheres of UNESCO’s competence: education, science, culture, dissemination of information and the functioning of the media. This was reported via the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
“The problems of preservation of cultural and natural heritage, illegal archaeological research and excavations, illegal circulation of cultural values and neglect of religious traditions are noted. Specific facts of gross violations of human rights and freedoms, especially of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, fundamental principles and norms of the Organization are given”,- the message said.
The document emphasizes that in the occupied peninsula they continue to hinder the free flow of information and the activities of the media, there are numerous cases of harassment, repression and illegal arrests of journalists.
“It is reported that ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars are deprived of the right to education in their native language, which is a blatant violation of the 1960 UNESCO Convention against Discrimination in Education”,- the report added.