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Human Rights Situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine - UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting
6 Mar 2020 -  This Arria meeting will mark six years since the temporary occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. It will provide an opportunity to hear first-hand accounts and expert assessments on the human rights situation in Crimea. It will also present an opportunity to discuss how the international community, including the Secretary-General, the UNSC, other UN bodies, international organizations and civil society can assist in addressing human rights violations, and in seeking a political solution to the conflict. It is also a call on the international community to continue to take a principled stand in the face of Russia’s ongoing and systematic violation of international law in Crimea as well as in Eastern Ukraine.

The participants are encouraged to discuss the following questions:

How can we ensure accountability for the cases of human rights violations in Crimea?
What could be done to achieve international, independent human rights monitoring in Crimea?
How to better support the victims of human rights violations in Crimea, in particular Crimean Tatars, and persons belonging to other minorities and activists as well as human rights defenders?
What could be done to support the freedoms of opinion and expression in Crimea, online and offline, including for media outlets and journalists?