February, the delegations of Ukraine and US to the OSCE held the event
on "Human rights violations in Crimea and parts of Donbas" in
the OSCE headquarters, which was co-sponsored by the EU member states, Canada
of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna Ihor
Prokopchuk and Chargé d’Affaires
of the US Mission to the OSCE Harry Kamian in their
opening remarks stressed the importance of the OSCE participating States'
attention to the gross violation of all the OSCE basic principles, as well as
the fundamental freedoms and human rights in the occupied territories - in
Crimea and in parts of Donbas on the fourth anniversary of Russia’s military
aggression against Ukraine.
Ihor Prokopchuk highlighted the events held in Ukraine and
throughout the world on the occasion of the Day of Crimean resistance to
Russian occupation, as well as the certain facts of human
rights violations in Donbas and Crimea that need to be addressed.
Harry Camian confirmed the United States' support to Ukraine's
sovereignty and territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders
and continued pressure on the Russian Federation. A similar statement was made
by the EU Representative to the OSCE Ioannis Vrailas.
Romantsova, a human rights defender, deputy head of
the Center for Civil Liberties presented numerous
facts of human rights violations in the occupied territories of Ukraine, as
well as the steps taken jointly by civil society and Ukrainian authorities to
register the offenses, to return the rights and to bring the perpetrators to
justice, including those responsible for war crimes and crimes against
discussion of the presentation, Oleksandra Romantsova emphasized the urgency of the OSCE and its
participating States' response to human rights violations being recorded by
human rights defenders, to correct them and to bring the perpetrators to
justice. Also, the human rights activist urged the participants to contribute
to establishment of a broad platform for discussing the ways of de-occupation
of Crimea, where the representatives of both government and civil society would