Parliamentary hearings about Crimea: beautiful slogans and little specifics

Parliamentary hearings about CrimeaOn June 15, parliamentary hearings were held at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the Strategy of Reintegration into the Temporarily Occupied Territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol in Ukraine: Problems, Ways, Methods and Methods.

Everything was traditional enough for this format of hearings: in fact, an empty government lodge (only Liliya Grinevich , Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine), and there were also deputies and representatives from the Ministry of Information Policy, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Occupied Territories. As for the deputies, the topic of the future of the Crimea proved to be of interest to an extremely small number of people’s deputies. Most interested in the Crimean issue, as always, were representatives of public organizations, activists, human rights activists, IDPs.

And so, what did the parliamentary rostrum say:

Oksana Syroid , Vice-Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, addressed the hearing with an opening address, who noted that the state still does not have a systemic policy, a systematic understanding of how to work with people who remain in the occupied territory today.

She also stated that the state still does not have its own thorough report on the consequences of occupation and observance of human rights in Crimea: “For two years at the state level there is no official report that testifies about the consequences of occupation. However, such reports are made by various public organizations. “

Instead, the Vice-Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine states, we have a mission report delegated to Crimea by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe: “It would seem that such good intentions are possible for an international mission to investigate the human rights situation in the occupied territory, and in fact the consequences of this can be because the rhetoric of this document is such that may lead to the gradual recognition of the annexation. “

Therefore, parliamentarians were invited to prepare their report on the state of human rights in occupied Crimea. “We have a duty to do this for the people who are under occupation today, for the state and for the international community, which needs to hear our position.”

The First Deputy Minister for Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Yusuf Kurkchi in his speech emphasized that the Ministry of Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons was formulated and implemented at the state level for the occupation and reintegration of Crimea, but spoke it is too early to create a new agency.

“We understand that society expects rapid results of the ministry. But no one wonders about the number of working professionals or how the jobs are equipped. I would like to point out that today only four people work in the Ministry. The Ministry does not have an approved staffing plan, budget for its activities, a certain organizational structure, and all this does not give an opportunity to speak about effective activities, ” stated the representative of the ministry.

At the same time, he noted that it was hoped that in each section of the central executive branch, a specific person would be identified in the near future, which would deal with the occupied territories and internally displaced persons, which, in turn, would allow to accelerate the implementation of the decisions taken. public authorities.

In a more favorable light on the Crimean issue looked Ministry of Education of Ukraine. After all, the education department recently began to respond more or less timely to the challenges of today: this year, Crimean entrants have been simplified to enter Ukrainian universities. The Ministry has also established Crimean-Ukraine educational centers, where Crimeans will be able to submit their educational declarations and be able to enter higher education institutions without EIT. An additional session has been created for the same children who have registered for EIT.

The work of the Ministry of Justice was also noted in the part of simplifying the birth certificate for persons born in the occupied territory, as well as the simplified procedure for obtaining the death certificate.

But all these efforts of individual ministries are a drop in the sea. After all, there were no problems with pasting the photo into the passport of a citizen of Ukraine; with the removal of their own, for years, bought things on the mainland; the bureaucratic obstacles and legal conflicts that exacerbate the problems of both displaced persons and those who remained in occupation have not disappeared.

During the speeches, the speakers emphasized the need to overcome the information borders, demanded a fair punishment for those who took an active part in the occupation of the Crimea, punishment for treason (collaboration). In particular, the People’s Deputy of several convocations, Andrei Senchenko, said that the concept of criminal responsibility for cooperation with the invaders should be developed, but it should also provide for a partial amnesty for collaboration.

Speakers about possible ways of returning Crimea were also not overlooked. The issue turned out to be debatable, as some do not believe in a peaceful solution to the problem, while others believe that it is only through diplomatic levers that the territory annexed by Russia can be returned. But even here everything is somehow not comforting, because to this day Crimea does not have an international platform, even, like the Minsk format, where its return is supposed.

Olga Skrypnyk (Head of the Crimean Human Rights Group)“This is not the first public event concerning Crimea, but what has been said now from the parliamentary platform has already been said two years ago. I have the strange feeling that we are turning into parrots: we endlessly voice the same problems, but we have to repeat ourselves because they do not hear.

It was a shame to hear a lot of empty statements again, a lot of beautiful slogans, but, unfortunately, there were almost no specific offers from those who have to do some work in the Crimea. Yes, there were specific proposals from the Ministry of Justice, but they also do not fully respond to the challenges of today and do not protect citizens. But there are many ministries that do not see what to do with Crimea or do not want to do anything about.

I have not heard any less effective steps from our parliamentarians who, at the legislative level, have to provide proposals that were heard in the session hall. There have been proposals that mostly relate to the prosecution of criminals, defense, border protection – all of which are certainly important, but we are concerned about the view of the people who have remained in the occupied territory. How will the state protect them, help them?

Unfortunately, I have not heard that human rights are a priority. Very little has been said about the international level of resolving this issue, but it is not surprising: the authorities do not know what to do with this problem in the middle of the country, so they do not know at the international level what message to carry, ” Olga Skrypnyk (Head of the Crimean Human Rights Group) commented at the parliamentary hearings.

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