UN report on Crimea is based on lies

Summary

The UN report on the situation regarding human rights in Crimea which criticises Russia is based on lies. The UN experts haven’t even been there, they received all the information from Ukraine.

Disproof

As stated in the report, the UN experts have collected information in Crimea which is, according to the international law, part of Ukraine. "Since then, HRMMU [Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine] has been
collecting and analysing information on the human rights situation throughout Ukraine,
including in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol" - the report says.
HRMMU has not been provided access to Crimea by Russian Federation authorities since its former Head of Mission accompanied the former Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonović, on 21-22 March 2014.
HRMMU has monitored the human rights situation in the peninsula from its presence in mainland Ukraine. HRMMU systematically collects and analyzes information gathered through direct interviews and fact-finding missions, including at the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) between mainland Ukraine and Crimea. The report only describes allegations of human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law that OHCHR could verify and corroborate in accordance with its methodology. OHCHR is committed to the protection of its sources and systematically assesses the potential risks of harm and retaliation against them. www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/UA/Crimea2014_2017_EN.pdf,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 81
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/09/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Human rights, UN, Crimea
  • Outlet: Ren-TV
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Ukraine is governed by a terrorist junta that destroys Russian language and shoots at the Russians in Donbas.

Disproof

No evidence given, recurring disinformation. Ukraine is not governed by a junta. Democratic, competitive and generally well-organised presidential and parliamentary elections were held in 2014 and local elections in 2015. The EU welcomed this progress. The OSCE, which observed all these elections on the ground, characterised the Presidential elections (report www.osce.org/odihr/elections/ukraine/119078?download=true), as showing the "clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms." According to the OSCE, the only areas where serious restrictions were reported were those controlled by separatists, who undertook "increasing attempts to derail the process." The OSCE characterised the 2014 parliamentary elections (report www.osce.org/odihr/elections/ukraine/126043), as "an amply contested election that offered voters real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms".

Ukraine is not destroying Russian language. According to the Constitution of Ukraine, state language of the country is Ukrainian. Free development, use and protection of Russian, and other languages of national minorities of Ukraine, is guaranteed. web.archive.org/web/20110521190059/http://www.rada.gov.ua/const/conengl.htm,

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Poland wants to seize [the Ukrainian city of] Lviv and Ukraine as well as Belarus in general and become their patron. Meanwhile, Romania wants to seize Moldova’s [breakaway] Dniester Region. Latvia and Estonia have their own claims for Russian territories.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring disinformation suggesting that EU Member States pose a threat to their neighbours.