President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko thanked the members of the European Parliament for adopting a resolution on Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and the situation in the occupied Crimea.
"Grateful to our friends in the European Parliament for their substantive debates and the resolution on Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and the situation in the Crimea, as well as for strong support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," Petro Poroshenko wrote on his Facebook page.
The President believes that the resolution is a clear signal indicating that, despite manipulation, the occupation authorities will not be able to conceal three years of lawlessness in Crimea - gross violations of human rights and freedoms, in particular, repression against representatives of the Crimean Tatar people and detentions of Ukrainian citizens carried out to achieve their political goals.
“International humanitarian law imposes clear obligations on Russia as an occupant state; Incompliance to these obligations will lead to additional responsibility of the Kremlin, including new sanctions. Russia must fulfill the demands of the international community, in particular the UN General Assembly, and provide full access for international monitoring organizations to the occupied Crimea," the Ukrainian President wrote.
The process, Ukraine initiated against Russia in the UN International Court is a civilized response of the Ukrainian state to the terror and discrimination of its citizens in the occupied territory and violation of the norms of international law by the aggressor.
"Our strength lies in uncompromising devotion to the supremacy of norms and principles of law, unbreakable and firm unity and solidarity in the de-occupation of the Crimean peninsula and the release of political prisoners of the Kremlin," he assured.
Earlier QHA reported that on March 16, the European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution aiming to draw the world's attention to the violation of human rights in the occupied Crimea. The draft calls for the release of all political prisoners arrested during the three-year occupation period by Russian law enforcement agencies over the human rights activities. The European Parliament requires the Russian authorities to open a list of detainees / arrested / missing persons to understand the holistic picture of the processes taking place on the peninsula during the last three years. A separate important element in the resolution is the call to the Russian Federation to ensure access of international human rights organizations to the peninsula, to carry out assessment of human rights situation in the ARC.
It is quite symbolic that the adoption of the resolution on the Crimea by the European Parliament takes place almost immediately after the hearings at the UN International Court of Justice in the Hague on the application of the preventive measure in the case of Ukraine against the Russian Federation. If adopted, the resolution will significantly strengthen Ukraine's position in this process.