A meeting with representatives of the UN Monitoring Mission in Ukraine was held at the office of Mejlis

March 17, 2023

On Wednesday, March 15, a working meeting was held at the office of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people with representatives of the UN Monitoring Mission in Ukraine

The meeting was attended by the Deputy Chairman of the UN Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Mrs. Noel Calhoun, Mission staff Mr. Diarmud Cunniff, Mrs. Mariia Bilak, Mr. Vitalii Khylko, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis, People’s Deputy of Ukraine Akhtem Chiyhoz, Head Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Riza Shevkiev.

At the meeting, Eskender Bariiev recalled that the CTRC had previously given full information on how the organization’s website can receive systematic and complete information about human rights violations, in particular about those people who are in places of captivity and those who directly violate the rights person in the Crimea.

“The role of the Mission is very important, because thanks to the monitoring and the data that fall into the reports of the Secretary General and the resolution of the UN General Assembly, we see a positive trend in the increase in the number of those countries that more and more join the support of Ukraine in voting for resolutions”,- he said.

The expert noted that in the reports it is very important to take into account not only human rights violations, but also war crimes committed by the Russian Federation. After all, along with two categories of citizens of Ukraine who are persecuted and held in places of deprivation of liberty: prisoners of war and political prisoners, a third category of civilian hostages has appeared, who are deprived of their liberty without trial or investigation.

During the meeting, Bariiev also proposed to the Monitoring Mission to call on diplomats of countries and international lawyers to take on the cases of political prisoners who have already been taken to colonies on the territory of the Russian Federation. It is important that they can act as a defense, which will draw more attention to the cases of political prisoners.