UN, 12 Mar – RIA Novosti. Ilze Brands-Kehris, Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights and Head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York, accused the Crimean police and the FSB of arbitrary detentions and disappearances of people in Crimea, without giving any specific evidence or sources of this information.
On Friday, an informal meeting of the UN Security Council is being held, dedicated to “7 years of violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.” The meeting was initiated by Estonia and 20 other states. Among them are France, Ireland, Norway, Great Britain, the USA together with Georgia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine and other countries. As the first deputy representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, said, Estonia refused to give the floor to the residents of Crimea at this event, without explaining the reasons.
“In my previous report on Crimea to the Security Council on 6 March 2020, I spoke about the arbitrary detention and disappearance of 43 persons from 2014 to 2018, which was documented by OHCHR. The alleged perpetrators include members of militia groups, FSB agents and other law enforcement agencies, including Crimean police “, – said Brands-Kehris, without specifying which” militias “are meant.
Russian law enforcement agencies have repeatedly detained in Crimea members of various terrorist groups, including those included by the UN Security Council on the list of organizations involved in terrorist and extremist activities. The head of OHCHR in New York did not elaborate on whether she was referring to the reports of these detentions or not.
Crimea became a Russian region after a referendum held there in March 2014, in which 96.77% of Crimean voters and 95.6% of Sevastopol residents spoke in favor of joining Russia. Ukraine still considers Crimea to be its own, but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter, voted for reunification with Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue is “finally closed.”