The Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA) called on the Russian Federation to end the annexation of the Crimea.
The OSCE PA statement was adopted today, July 11, in the framework of the 27th annual session of the Assembly, and was included in the Berlin Declaration. In particular, the resolution "Continuing violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)" was adopted.
“The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly strongly condemns the illegal occupation by the Russian Federation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine), and again calls on the Russian Federation to abolish the attempt of annexation,” the resolution says.
In addition, parliamentarians "violations, abuses, measures and practices of discrimination against the
residents of temporarily occupied Crimea, including Crimean Tatars, as well as Ukrainians and persons belonging to other ethnic and religious groups, by the Russian occupation authorities."
The OSCE PA calls upon the Russian Federation "to uphold all of its obligations under applicable international law as an occupying
power in effective control of Crimea;" "to restore enjoyment of the rights of all individuals, without any discrimination based on origin, religion or belief, and to revoke the decisions that banned cultural and religious institutions, NGOs, human rights organizations, media outlets, and to restore enjoyment of the rights of individuals belonging to ethnic communities in Crimea, in particular Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, including to engage in cultural gatherings. "
Earlier, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov said during his speech at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that Russia was destroying the basic values of the OSCE. Chubarov noted that Russia is doing everything to squeeze Crimean Tatars from the Crimea.