“Ukraine expects that the international community remains united with regard to the annexation of Crimea which Russia has transformed into the territory of fear and repressions”, First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, representative of the Crimean Tatar people, Emine Dzheppar said during the visit to the United Kingdom on March 9-10, 2017.
In the third anniversary of the annexation of Crimea Emine Dzheppar addressed the Chatham House on “Annexed Crimea: Crimean Tatars and their Struggle for Freedom”.
Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Information Policy spoke in details about the situation on the peninsula, mass character of violation of the fundamental human rights and freedoms, as well as militarization of Crimea in the circumstances of complete closure of the peninsula for international monitoring and international control regimes. “Crimean Tatars and other citizens of Ukraine face groundless detentions and get sentenced, activists disappear, their families and friends get intimidated. Mejlis – Crimean Tatars representative body – has been banned”. In this regard Emine Dzheppar stressed on the importance of a constant presence in the occupied Crimea of international organizations, including UN, Council of Europe, OSCE to monitor the status of human rights.
A particular attention was paid to counteracting the Russian propaganda and information threats coming from Russia and “Russian agents of influence”.
During the visit to the United Kingdom Emine Dzheppar held a series of meetings in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Cabinet Office, with representatives of British and international non-governmental organizations, including those dealing with human rights, media, as well as other leading experts in the human rights field.