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Ukrainian World Congress President participates in 25th Annual Session of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

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July 6,2016 114
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On 1-5 July 2016 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) President Eugene Czolij participated in the 25thAnnual Session of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly.

On 2 July 2016, the UWC President addressed a Side Event of this Session on the topic Violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Crimea, organized jointly by the Permanent Delegation of Ukraine to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the UWC.

Eugene Czolij highlighted that, upon illegally occupying Crimea, the Russian Federation compounded its blatant violation of the international order and Ukraine’s territorial integrity by fully isolating Crimea and increasingly violating the religious, human, civic and political rights of the residents of Crimea, as documented by numerous organizations including the UN, the OSCE, Human Rights Watch and Freedom House.

The UWC President also noted the recent dichotomy of perceptions of the Russian Federation, specifically whereas the majority of the international community treats the Russian Federation as an aggressor state, there are international institutions that mistakenly believe that the Russian Federation espouses democratic values and has a critical role to play in addressing global issues. He added that the latter is reminiscent of the policies of appeasement that led to the Second World War.

Acknowledging the critical role of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in cementing unity among its participating states around democratic values, Eugene Czolij, on behalf of the UWC:

  • Urged the OSCE to help develop, via the Geneva plus format, a persistent and coordinated approach to the de-occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and for the OSCE to act as an observer;
  • Appealed to the OSCE to take concrete action to establish a permanent observer mission in Crimea to directly obtain first-hand information, pressure the de facto authorities in Crimea to lessen human rights abuses and restore contact for the Crimean population to the outside world; 
  • Encouraged the OSCE to make every attempt to monitor court proceedings of politically motivated trials on the Crimean Peninsula, as well as in the Russian Federation where many of the political prisoners are forcibly transported to stand trial;
  • Appealed to the OSCE to promote economic sanctions against the Russian Federation until it de-occupies Crimea and fully complies with the Minsk agreements; and
  • Urged the OSCE to deploy a police mission to Eastern Ukraine to assist in restoring order for the local population and to enhance respect for the Minsk agreements by the Russian Federation.

The moderator of the Side Event was Head of the Permanent Delegation of the Parliament of Ukraine to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Artur Gerasymov.

Also addressing this event were Member of Parliament of Ukraine and Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Refat Chubarov, who explained how the rights and freedoms of the Crimean Tatar people were being violated, and Mobile Groups Coordinator at the Head of the Centre for Civil Liberties Oleksandra Romantsova, who presented the second edition of the book Crimea – Peninsula of Fear.

In the framework of the five-day session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the UWC President had the opportunity to discuss the issues raised in his address to the Side Event with the newly elected President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Christine Muttonen, and the heads and members of national delegations, participants of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.

On 5 July 2016, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly adopted a “Resolution on Violations of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol”.

“All of the 57 OSCE participating states, including the Russian Federation, have an obligation to uphold the principles of the OSCE and as such, any behavior that contravenes the explicit mandate of the OSCE, especially the behavior of an aggressor state, should never be tolerated or tacitly excused,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.

The UWC President was accompanied during the Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly by UWC Liaison Officer in the EU Maryna Iaroshevych.

More information on the Side Event of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is available on the web site of the Parliament of Ukraine and the Embassy of Ukraine in Georgia.

 

The UWC President discussed current OSCE issues with the following high-ranking officials:

Barnett Doris, Treasurer of the OSCE, Head of the Delegation of Germany to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Bezhashvili Levan, Alternate Member of the Delegation of Georgia to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Lord Bowness Peter, Vice President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Head of the Delegation of the United Kingdom to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Cederfelt Margareta, Deputy Head of the Delegation of Sweden to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Rapporteur of the General Committee on Political Affairs and Security of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Fry Hedy, Head of the Delegation of Canada to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Geghamyan Artashes, Head of the Delegation of Armenia to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Gerashchenko Anton, Member of the Delegation of Ukraine to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Gerasymov Artur, Head of the Delegation of Ukraine to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Guminsky Viktor, Head of the Delegation of Belarus to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Harstedt Kent, Vice President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Head of the Delegation of Sweden to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Juettner Egon, Alternate Member of the Delegation of Germany to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Lanjri Nahima, Head of the Delegation of Belgium to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Muttonen Christine, President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Head of the Delegation of Austria to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Osusky Peter, Head of the Delegation of Slovakia to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (Slovakia currently holds the Presidency of the Council of Europe)

Petterssonn Goran, Member of the Delegation of Sweden to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Popov Igor, Member of the Delegation of Ukraine to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Prokopchuk Ihor, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to international organizations in Vienna

Sanchez Amor Ignacio, Chair of the OSCE Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, Head of the Delegation of Spain to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Santos Isabel, Vice President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Head of the Delegation of Portugal to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Senko Vladimir, Deputy Head of the Delegation of Belarus to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Schrijver Nico, Member of the Delegation of the Netherlands to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Thoennes Franz, Member of the Delegation of Germany to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Tsereteli George, Vice President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, Member of the Delegation of Georgia to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Usupashvili David, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Head of the Delegation of Georgia to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (host of the 25th Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly)

Voisin Michel, Head of the Delegation of France to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Vysotskyj Serhii, Alternate Member of the Delegation of Ukraine to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

Msgr. Wachowski Miroslaw, Holy See, guest of honour

Senator Wicker Roger, Chair of the OSCE Political Affairs and Security Committee, Member of the Delegation of the United States to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

 

In the photo from left: E. Czolij, А. Gerasymov, R. Chubarov, M. Iaroshevych and O. Romantsova. 

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