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High Commissioner spoke at online meeting on rights of Crimean Tatars

15 October 2020
High Commissioner spoke at online meeting on rights of Crimean Tatars

On October 15, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova spoke on the rights of Crimean Tatars at an online meeting of the PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination.

In her address the federal ombudswoman spoke about the subject of the Crimeans' appeals and the human rights issues.

The High Commissioner also spoke about various benefits provided at the regional level to representatives of the Crimean Tatars who have suffered from repression, state program "The Republic of Crimea — the territory of inter-ethnic harmony". The Crimean Tatar language is the state language within the peninsula, along with Russian and Ukrainian. The number of children learning it is increasing significantly today.

Tatiana Moskalkova also touched upon the issues of ensuring the rights of representatives of the Crimean Tatars.

The High Commissioner has been working on the issues of ensuring and protection of Crimean Tatars’ rights since 2016. One of the first steps was a visit to the Republic of Crimea, where the federal ombudswoman met leaders of the Crimean Tatar people. The problems of the Crimean Tatar population are, for the most part, identical to the relevant issues that other citizens of Russia face: the implementation of social rights, the rights to religion, ensuring proper conditions for persons in places of detention.

Tatiana Moskalkova also noted the violation of the rights of Crimeans to freedom of movement due to the inability to obtain Schengen visas, as well as the right to human dignity due to the energy, water and economic blockade, which contradicts the fundamental principles and norms of international law.

In conclusion, the High Commissioner expressed the hope for strengthening a constructive and impartial international dialogue in upholding the rights and legitimate interests of the inhabitants of the Republic of Crimea.

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