Address by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of 1 March 2018
01 March 2018 19:34

Addressby the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine to the Parliaments of Foreign States and Parliamentary Assemblies of International Organisations regarding the Condemnation of Political Repressions by the Russian Federation against Citizens of Ukraine As a Result of Armed Aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, and regarding the Release of Political Prisoners Who Are Citizens of Ukraine

In vigorously condemning the ongoing armed aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine that commenced on 20 February 2014 and has resulted in illegal occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the City of Sevastopol and some areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Regions,

Emphasising the inadmissibility of any violations by the Russian occupying authorities of human rights and freedoms in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine,

Underscoring that the Russian Federation as the occupying power under The Hague Convention (IV) respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land and its Annex: Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land of
18 October 1907, the Geneva Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 and the Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol І) of 8 June 1977, bears full responsibility for violation of the rights of the civilian population in the occupied territory,

Taking into account the Resolutions by the United Nations General Assembly 71/205 “Situation of Human Rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol (Ukraine)” adopted on 19 December 2016 and 72/190 “Situation of Human Rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, Ukraine” adopted on 19 December 2017, which record and condemn systemic violations of human rights perpetrated by the Russian occupying authorities, including extrajudicial executions, disappearances of persons, politically motivated persecution, limitation of basic political freedoms of residents of Crimea, and demand of the Russian Federation full compliance with its obligations under international law as an occupying power, as well as the Order of the International Court of Justice of 19 April 2017 relating to provisional measures in case Ukraine vs the Russian Federation regarding the application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination of 21 December 1965,

Considering numerous decisions and resolutions by international organisations and their parliamentary assemblies, including the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, that condemn the violations by the Russian Federation of human rights and politically and ethnically motivated persecution, and call on the occupying power to immediately release all the illegally detained persons, 

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine urges the parliaments of foreign states and parliamentary assemblies of international organisations as follows:

To condemn the actions by the Russian Federation aimed against territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine as such that contradict the universally accepted norms and principles of international law, increase politico-diplomatic and sanction pressure on the occupying power until complete halting of its aggression and restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised state border;

To condemn the violation by the Russian occupying administration of basic human and citizen rights and freedoms in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, as well as in temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk Regions, particularly the illegal, politically and ethnically motivated persecution of opponents of the occupation, including by way of illegal detention and conviction  of civil activists under unfounded and/or fabricated criminal charges;

To use all the available international politico-diplomatic and sanction mechanisms towards the Russian Federation in order that it immediately release all the hostages whose capture has been caused by the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, as well as release the citizens of Ukraine illegally detained by the Russian Federation under unfounded and politically motivated charges, including Oleg Sentsov, Roman Sushchenko, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Pavlo Hryb, Volodymyr Balukh, Stanislav Klykh, Mykola Karpiuk, Emir-Usein Kuka, Muslim Aliyev, Vadym Siruk, Enver Bekirov, Refat Alimov, Arsen Jepparov, Sergiy Lytvynov, Victor Shchur, Olexiy Cherniy, Valentyn Vygivsky, Ruslan Zeytullayev, Yuri Primov, Rustem Vaitov, Ferat Saifullayev, Oleksandr Kostenko, Andriy Kolomiyets, Enver Mamutov, Rustem Abiltarov, Zevri Abseitov, Remzi Mametov, Teimur Abdullayev, Uzeir Abdullayev, Rustem Ismailov, Ayder Saledinov, Emil Jemadenov, Marlen Asanov, Seyran Saliyev, Memet Belialov, Tymur Ibragimov, Server Zekiryayev, Ernes Ametov, Yevhen Panov, Dmytro Shtiblikov, Olexiy Bessarabov, Volodymyr Dudka, Hlib Shabliy, Olexiy Stogniy, Mykola Shyptur, Emil Minasov, Bekir Degermenji, Asan Chapukh, Kyazim Ametov, Ruslan Trubach, Ismail Ramazanov, Yevhen Karakashev, as well as all the other illegally detained and illegally retained citizens of Ukraine in the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the City of Sevastopol, some areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Regions, and in the territory of the Russian Federation;

To demand that the Russian Federation unreservedly fulfil the Order of the International Court of Justice of 19 April 2017 relating to provisional measures in case Ukraine vs the Russian Federation regarding the application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination of 21 December 1965,

To demand that the Russian Federation provide unhindered access of international missions and human rights organisations into the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine in order to conduct continual monitoring of the situation with human rights;

To use all possible kinds of sanctions against the administrative officials of the state governmental bodies of the Russian Federation involved in the prosecution of the political prisoners who are citizens of Ukraine.

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