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Human rights activists urge repeal legislation restricting rights of Crimean people
 The Head of the Information Human Rights Center Tatiana Pechonchyk.Photo by Mykola Myrnyi, Information Human Rights Center.
The Head of the Information Human Rights Center Tatiana Pechonchyk.

Human rights defenders urge the government and Parliament to make a step towards Crimea in 2017 and change legislation that restricts human rights, in respect of persons who have moved or live in the Crimea. This was stated by the Head of the Information Human Rights Center Tatiana Pechonchyk at a press conference in Kyiv.

"There is a perception that since the Crimea was occupied all responsibility for human rights violations on the Peninsula lies with the Russian Federation as a country-occupier. But it is not true. Unfortunately, over the past two years the Ukrainian government also adopted a number of normative-legal acts that negatively affect the situation with the rights of the Crimean people, create barriers and narrow the space for the realization of the rights and freedoms of the Crimean Peninsula, in particular – freedom of movement and property rights", she said.

The Coordinator of the Crimean Human Rights Group Olga Skrypnyk (pictured below) noted: "It is clear that today the state is unable to fully protect the rights and interests of citizens in the Crimea. But Ukraine bears full responsibility for observance of the human rights and freedoms, primarily in territories under its control in relation to all citizens. However, the current legislation enshrines discriminatory practices against the citizens of Ukraine that are living in the occupied territories. These citizens face unreasonable restriction of their fundamental rights and freedoms and socio-economic rights on the territories controlled by Ukraine. This discriminatory practice in no way contributes to the reintegration of the occupied territories".

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Problems with the evacuation of the property from the Crimea

In particular, criticism of human rights is a resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 1035, which entered into force on January 15, 2016. It limits the name and volume of socially important products, which are transported from the Crimea and into the Crimea: the total cost cannot exceed 10 thousand UAH and 50 kg per person.

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On September 26, 2016 the Odessa district administrative court issued a ruling that declared as illegal the refusal to the IDP woman by the Department of the Kherson customs of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine at the checkpoint with the Crimea in regard to her personal things that do not belong to the list of the permitted stuff.

The non-resident status of the Crimean people

The issue regarding the non-resident status of the Crimean people and the associated problems in the use of banking services are not solved. "With sadness we note that the question concerning the abolition of the discriminatory regulations of the National Bank №699, which defined the non-resident status of the Crimean people and affects about two million people in the Crimea and not less than 20 thousand settlers from the Crimea, is on trial for the second year," said the lawyer of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union Daria Svyrydova.

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