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    UN Security Council members will hold an informal meeting on the human rights situation in Crimea on March 18, a UN source told RIA Novosti.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – According to the source, the meeting will be open to non-governmental and public organizations and will be organized by the Ukrainian delegation. It will be attended by former chairman of the council of Crimean Tatars (the Mejlis) Mustafa Dzhemilev.

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) Zeid Ra'ad Hussein has also been invited to attend the informal meeting, the source told RIA Novosti.

    Crimea, which has a predominately ethnically-Russian population, seceded from Ukraine to rejoin Russia in March 2014, following a referendum in which over 96 percent of voters supported the move. The Ukrainian government and many Western nations refused to recognize the legality of the vote and introduced sanctions against the region and Russia.

    A human rights mission of the Council of Europe visited Crimea on January 25-31, 2016, holding more than 50 meetings with residents of the peninsula, including the vice chairman of the Mejlis.

    The goal of the mission was to objectively assess the situation involving human rights and the rule of law in Crimea and to prepare a report containing recommendations in a number of key areas.


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      Why they don't go to Turkey and tell Erdogan what to do? Crimea MUST follow Russian humanitarian laws. Period. And they not so lax.
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      There is rule of law in Crimea which is non existent in nazi Ukraine.
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      bangein reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235, you are right I was about to say the same thing after reading the article. Do they really think about subject that needs serious attention??? they choose their subject according a pressure coming from the west . For God sake let's be realistic UN. Is UN blind or what???? Saudi, turkey, yemen those are places where people are dying every day not Crimea , a peaceful country where people are enjoying life.
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      a waste of time...
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      Really unbelievable. Why would the UN send a committee to evaluate the human rights conditions in Crimea??? This relentless attack against Russia by the worst human rights violators on earth is bizzare . They should be investigating the EU's treatment of migrants and refugees which violates international law and the UN charter, and if they run out things to investigate they can look into the many human rights violations of the United States and Israel in their respective illegal occupations of states. It is a crazy world.
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      michaelin reply tobange(Show commentHide comment)
      bange, I think it was someone here recently who wrote that the un is like the nobels (peace prize in particular) in that they are both irrelevant.
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      michaelin reply tohopscotch64(Show commentHide comment)
      hopscotch64, agreed, and in that crazy world we have to create our oases of rationality or however you wish to name it. :)
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      hopscotch64in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, Amen to that.
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      jasin reply tosurferket(Show commentHide comment)
      surferket, Or in the US of AIPAC either. It is survival of the richest in the West.
    • Dirk Ramsey
      Organized by the Ukrainian delegation. Nothing but more attacks on Russia. They should be investigating the Nazi goon squads that are all over Ukraine.e
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