Opening remarks

H.E. Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations


Tetiana Pechonchyk, Human Rights Centre ZMINA / Human RightsHouse Crimea / Ukraine 5AM Coalition

Olga Skrypnyk, Crimean Human Rights Group / Human Rights House Crimea / Ukraine 5AM Coalition

Dr Rory Finnin, Professor of Ukrainian Studies, Cambridge University

Moderated by

Dave Elseroad, Human Rights House Foundation

Event Description:

Even prior to Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Ukrainian and international human rights organisations reported severe violations of human rights in occupied Crimea; including, enforced disappearances, torture, extrajudicial punishment, and politically motivated persecution and deprivation of liberty. Occupied Crimea was consistently ranked as unfree on global freedom indices and annual United Nations General Assembly resolutions pointed to on-going human rights abuses on the peninsula.

In the eight months since the start of Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine, occupied Crimea remains a location of severe human rights violations. As of September 13, 2022, at least 140 citizens of Ukraine have been deprived of liberty due to politically and/or religiously motivated criminal prosecution. Increasingly draconian laws limiting the freedoms of assembly, association, and expression and opinion in Russia continue to be applied in occupied Crimea.

This side event will take place on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly and in the context of a new resolution on Crimea. It allows an opportunity for civil society organisations to share new wide-ranging research and documentation on human rights violations in Crimea as well as the human rights implications for increasing militarisation of the peninsula.

The panel will focus on the following key questions:
– What are the most pressing human rights issues in Crimea today, and how is the situation changing in light of Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine?
– What role do UN member States and the General Assembly have in addressing the human rights situation?