Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the international organizations in Vienna Ihor Prokopchuk described how the occupation authorities in the Crimea persecute the Crimean Tatar community of the annexed peninsula through the initiation of criminal cases. The corresponding statement of the delegate from Ukraine was made in response to the report of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Lamberto Zannier, as cited by the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

Prokopchuk, in particular, notes that only in October, the occupation authorities of the Crimea initiated 11 new politically motivated criminal proceedings against the Crimean Tatars suspected of having links with extremist religious organizations.

“Having released the leaders of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people under international pressure, the Russian occupation authorities still maintain a ban on the activities of the Mejlis, in violation of the ruling of the International Court of April 19, which instructed the Russian Federation to refrain from maintaining or imposing restrictions on the ability of the Crimean Tatar community to retain its representative offices , including the Mejlis," reads the statement of the Ukrainian side.

The delegate from Ukraine urged the Supreme Commissariat for National Minorities to make efforts to establish a permanent representation of the organization in the Crimea, in accordance with the UN General Assembly Resolution A / RES / 68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Prokopchuk stated that the resolution on the situation with human rights in the occupied Crimea, which was adopted two days earlier by the UN General Assembly, contains a clear demand for the Russian Federation to adhere to the commitments undertaken before the international community and to stop the persecution of the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians in the occupied peninsula.