OSCE PA adopted resolution on occupied Crimea: "We urge Russia to stop aggression against Ukraine"

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA) passed a resolution at its session in Georgia's capital Tbilisi, condemning Russia's annexation of Ukrainian Crimea.

The Ukraine-submitted resolution is called "Violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Crimea", Censor.NET reports.

"The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly urges the Russian Federation to stop aggression against Ukraine and to fully comply with its obligations under the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act and other norms and principles of international law, including OSCE principles and commitments," the document reads.

The resolution calls on the participating states to refrain from any action or dealing that might imply, directly or indirectly, a recognition of the change of status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as an integral part of Ukraine.

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The document condemns the reprisals by the de facto authorities against the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and its leaders, as well as the severe restrictions on the freedom of peaceful assembly and association, including the traditional events to commemorate the anniversary of deportation of Crimean Tatars.

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OSCE PA also condemns the severe limitations on media freedom and freedom of expression in Crimea and expresses deep concern over the fact that education in and of the Ukrainian language is disappearing.

The resolution calls on Russia to immediately and unconditionally release Crimean-originating political prisoners who have been unlawfully detained or imprisoned under fabricated charges by the de facto authorities in the occupied Crimea.

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No reaction of official Moscow has followed the adoption of the resolution.

The Russian delegation previously refused to participate in the discussion of the draft resolution.

A session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is being held in Tbilisi during July 1-5.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared Feb. 20, 2014 the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. On Oct. 7, 2015, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a relevant law. International organizations have recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea illegal and condemned Russia's actions. The West has imposed a series of economic sanctions. Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it a "restoration of historical justice."
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