UN committee recognized forcing russian citizenship on Crimea’s residents as violation of human rights – Ombudsman

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Imposing citizenship of the russian Federation on residents of the temporarily occupied Crimea is discrimination on the basis of nationality and violates human rights, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Dmytro Lubinets said in a statement.

In addition, the committee established that the russian Federation illegally transfers citizens of Ukraine from the Crimean Peninsula to its territory to serve a sentence, which is also a violation of human rights.

The UN Committee recognized that the russian Federation had indeed violated human rights in accordance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which it is a party. In particular:

  • the detention of Ukrainian citizens by the russian Federation is arbitrary since they were convicted for actions committed before the russian Federation extended its criminal legislation to Crimea;
  • the transfer of Ukrainian citizens to the russian Federation to serve a sentence there was illegal;
  • forced granting of russian citizenship also violated the rights of Ukrainian citizens and is discrimination based on nationality.

“The committee believes that a person’s citizenship is an important component of his identity and that protection against arbitrary or illegal interference in personal life includes protection against the forced imposition of foreign citizenship. The conclusion of the UN Human Rights Committee can be called without exaggeration historic. After all, a serious basis for further decisions of the European Court of Human Rights in similar Crimean cases. This conclusion is a precedent in the international arena and creates grounds for further responsibility of the russian Federation for all violations,” the Commissioner emphasized.

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