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04/04/2014

Ukraine: Advisory Committee underlines concerns about Crimean Tatars

 

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities welcomes the prompt publication by the Committee of Ministers of its ad hoc report on the situation of national minorities in Ukraine, which was adopted on 1 April 2014. The report reflects the findings of the delegation of the Advisory Committee during its meetings in Ukraine from 21 – 26 March 2014. The Advisory Committee remains deeply concerned about the safety and access to rights of minority populations in Crimea, in particular the Crimean Tatars and persons belonging to the Ukrainian community. Legislative amendments in Ukraine pertaining to national minorities are not to be introduced hastily and should be adopted following a comprehensive and effective consultation process with representatives of all minorities.

The Advisory Committee underlines the full applicability of the rights contained in the Framework Convention throughout the territory of member states, including in areas subjected to the use or threat of force. The Advisory Committee decided not to travel to Crimea in March 2014, among others because of safety concerns for the interlocutors in Crimea and considerable practical uncertainties. It stands ready, however, to hold meetings with minority representatives in Crimea as soon as feasible and opportune.

Link to the public Advisory Committee report (also available in Ukrainian)

 

03/04/2014
Situation in Ukraine
 

Ministers’ Deputies
CM Documents
CM(2014)46
2 April 2014 1196 Meeting

1 General questions
1.8 Situation in Ukraine
Report of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities Ad hoc visit to Ukraine 21-26 March 2014
Situation in Ukraine Decisions

 

 

20/03/2014
Ukraine : ad hoc visit of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities carried out an ad hoc visit to Ukraine from 21-26 March 2014.

The visit takes place in accordance with Résolution (97)10 which foresees the possibility of carrying out ad hoc monitoring in member States as well as in accordance with the decision of the Committee of Ministers taken on 14 March 2014 to instruct the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention to review the situation of national minorities in Ukraine and to report back on its findings as soon as possible.