MINISTRY FOR REINTEGRATION ADVISES CITIZENS TO APPEAL TO THE ECHR IN THE CASE OF VIOLATION OF PROPERTY RIGHTS IN CRIMEA BY THE OCCUPATION ADMINISTRATION
The Russian occupation administration is preparing for forced seizure of 9.75 thousand land plots which border with Kherson Oblast or located in the coastal areas of the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol. The main purpose of this seizure is to deprive the citizens of Ukraine of their property.
Therefore, the occupation authorities are going to extend the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation dated from January 9, 2011, to the Crimea and Sevastopol which defines the status of land in the border areas. Land plots owned by Ukrainian citizens, foreign nationals and stateless persons will be forcibly “purchased” or deprived if the owners do not change their citizenship to Russian or re-register their property to Russian enterprises.
“Such actions are an unprecedented violation of the fundamental principles of international law. They are discriminatory against Ukrainian citizens and are de facto expropriation prohibited by international treaties of the Russian Federation. In addition, it is a violation of the provisions of the “Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms” on respect for one's property. All these violations open opportunities to apply to the relevant judicial institutions, to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for violations of International Humanitarian Law by the Russian Federation. Every person who tries to forcibly seize the property of Ukrainian citizens should remember that they will have to be held responsible, these are the rules of the civilized world. All the acts that the Russian occupation authorities are guided by on Ukrainian land are inconsequential from the legal point of view,” stated Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov.
The Ministry for Reintegration considers the attempt to extend the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation dated from January 9, 2011 to Crimea and Sevastopol after six years of occupation as the reinforced pressure of the occupation authorities on citizens. Under this guise, attempts to seize property may be initiated from anyone who does not agree with the Russian orders. In particular, it may become the means of additional pressure on representatives of the Crimean Tatar people to dissuade them from solidarity efforts and events in remembrance of the victims of forced deportation.
“I urge all citizens of Ukraine in the temporarily occupied Crimea to resist the arbitrariness of the occupation authorities. Provide all information about attempts of deprivation of your property. All cases of human rights violations in the temporarily occupied territories will be recorded and will be the basis for the response of the relevant state bodies,” emphasized Deputy Prime Minister.