14:57 28.12.2016

Human rights activists call for revoking legal acts violating rights of migrants from Crimea

KYIV. Dec. 28 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Human rights activists have again called on Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers and the Verkhovna Rada to change legislation that limits the freedoms of Ukrainian citizens, who have left Crimea or remained there.

"Over the past two years Ukrainian authorities … have adopted a number of legal acts, which negatively influence the situation with regards to the rights of Crimea inhabitants, creating barriers and narrowing the space for realizing their rights and freedoms on the peninsula. The regard rights to move and property rights," said the chairman of the Human Rights Information Center Tetiana Pechonchyk during a press conference at the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Wednesday.

Lawyer for the Helsinki Human rights Union Darya Svyrydova said Cabinet Resolution No. 1035 On limiting supplies of certain goods (work, services) with the temporarily occupied territory," which when into effect on January 15, 2016, violates human rights.

"The government has interfered in the personal ownership rights of Ukrainian citizens, who are located in Crimea or who travel on the peninsula. The resolution practically deprives individuals of rights guaranteed by Ukrainian law. They also violate the European Convention on Human Rights, rights to evacuate belongings from Crimea and general ownership rights," Svyrydova said.

She also said that the Odesa region territorial administrative court ruled unlawful limitations imposed on relocation of property across the administrative border with Crimea.

According to the coordinator of the Crimea human rights group Olha Srkypnyk, residents of Crimea who arrived on Ukrainian mainland, according to the resolution of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) No. 699, are recognized as "non-residents" and are deprived of the right to receive banking services.

Human rights activists are urging Ukrainian authorities in 2017 to develop and introduce changes to the procedure for arriving and leaving the temporarily occupied territory, as well as simplifying the procedure for foreign journalists, representatives of international human rights missions and lawyers to visit Crimea.

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