Russia, as the occupying power in the Crimean peninsula, practices collective punishment of ethnic groups. There are numerous violations of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
“Russia has resorted to collective punishment of the ethnic groups in the illegally occupied Crimea. Unlawful arrests and disappearances are ongoing; Mejlis (the representative and executive body of the Crimean Tatar people) is banned; important cultural gatherings are suppressed; education in the Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian languages is limited; and representatives of media of these persecuted communities are intimidated. These are numerous violations of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,” Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Olena Zerkal said, presenting Ukraine’s position at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Since Crimea was occupied illegally, Russia has launched a large-scale campaign for the cultural destruction of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians, the deputy minister stated. Zerkal also noted that Russia’s policy towards Ukraine was a violation of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism.