The Ministry of Justice announced its 4-th appeal against Russia to the ECHR concerning violation of Ukrainian citizens’ rights in Crimea

The Minister made clear that appeal’s evidence base execution will be complete next week.


“The main block of violations is politically motivated persecution of Ukrainian citizens, indigenous people of Crimea by occupational authorities on the Crimean territory”, - stated Pavlo Petrenko.


According to him this appeal will also include a number of personal applications, prepared together with human rights activists regarding the situation of Ukrainian citizens’ rights violation in Donbas.


“We expect a positive decision from the ECHR. These are actually materials for the international tribunal, which are going to be used against Russian leaders for all those crimes committed both in Crimea and Donbas”, - he said.


The Minister also informed that the Ministry of Justice together with human rights activists, Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, President of the Worldwide Congress of Crimean Tatars Refat Chubarov discusses practical issues on how to help Ukrainian citizens in Crimea to establish contact with Ukraine and to protect their rights. These matters will be resolved at the Cabinet of Ministers and Parliament level.


Particularly, according to Petrenko, the idea is to facilitate the procedure for human rights activists, humanitarian missions and journalists to enter Crimea from Ukrainian territory.


Another matter concerns possibility of Ukrainian citizens, who live on occupied territories, to receive registration services, provided by the Ministry of Justice.


Apart from that, problems with human rights violation recording have been also discussed during the round table meeting.


The Minister emphasized that recently within the framework of a pilot social project, free secondary legal aid centers together with human rights activists and lawyers record every violation of human rights of every Ukrainian citizen, who addresses the centers located in Crimea and Donbas.


“We file personal applications against Russia to the ECHR. As of today, about two dozens of such applications have been accepted for consideration by the ECHR”, - the Minister informed.


In his turn Refat Chubarov stressed that Ukraine has a great potential of human rights activists, who stood up for protection of Ukrainian citizens on occupied territories.


“All these organizations, starting from the first day of Russian aggression, have intensified their activity to protect human rights. Their reports are added to decisions of European and International character”, - he stated.


The Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis expressed hope that there will be noticeable benefits for Ukrainian citizens living on occupied territories from cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and human rights activists.


Apart from that, Refat Chubarov stated that the Minister of Justice offered to jointly create a permanent coordination council.


“Due to specific and complicated matters, related to specific individual’s rights, we have to resolve systematic problems”, - stated Refat Chubarov.


He suggested immediately publishing coordinating council’s decisions to analyze steps made by different ministries and agencies.