Declaration of I-st All-Ukrainian Congress of Forced Migrants from Crimea

DECLARATION

I All-Ukrainian Congress of Forced Migrants from Crimea

We, citizens of Ukraine, are delegates of the First All-Ukrainian Congress of Forced Migrants, who lived in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the city of Sevastopol, and were forced to leave their homes due to the armed occupation of the Russian Federation –

DECLARE:

  • The Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the city of Sevastopol is a temporarily occupied territory, which remains, by and large, an integral part of the territory of Ukraine.
  • The fact of the occupation of part of the territory of Ukraine has neglected the main principles of international law enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe. In addition, the Russian side has directly violated the terms of the Memorandum of Security Guarantee in connection with Ukraine’s accession to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, as well as the Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership Agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
  • The occupying power of the Russian Federation systematically grossly violates the rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens in the Crimea.
  • Forced displaced persons become an organized community that needs state and international guardianship, is a victim of the Russian-Ukrainian territorial conflict and has the right to return to Crimea.

REQUIRED:

  • From the Administration of the Russian Federation – to cease occupation of part of the sovereign territory of Ukraine; to withdraw the normative acts regulating the annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.
  • From the authorities of Ukraine – to protect the interests, rights and freedoms of internally displaced persons and citizens residing in the temporarily occupied territory.
  • From the international community, first and foremost the signatory states of the Budapest Memorandum – to take all necessary measures to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine as quickly as possible, guaranteed by international law and treaties.

WE CALL:

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, International Committee of the Red Cross, International Organization for Migration – to consider internally displaced persons from the Crimea as internally displaced persons, and thus as a target group for assistance and assistance programs.

 

May 23, 2014, Kyiv