Seized temples and closed schools: Denisova speaks about repression in Crimea
Out of 49 Ukrainian Orthodox organizations that operated in Crimea at the beginning of the occupation, because of repression by the Russian Federation, only six remain, and only one school can teach in Ukrainian.
On April 6, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Lyudmyla Denisova, informed on it during the presentation of her annual report on the state of observance and protection of human and civil rights and freedoms in Ukraine in the past year.
“Dozens of churches have been seized by the occupying authorities, and the religious organizations Hizb ut-Tahrir and Jehovah’s Witnesses have been declared terrorist and extremist. The occupiers install video surveillance in mosques and punish believers for reading the Koran and religious songs”, - she said.
Only one school in Feodosia can teach in Ukrainian, but there are no relevant teachers.
Besides, she clarified that according to her recommendations provided by the State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting, last year the government’s decision provided additional funding for the ATR TV channel, which broadcasts in Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian on the Crimean peninsula.
“Such a channel direly needs state aid", - Denisova said.
What is known
- On March 2, Deputy Chief of the Ministry of Transport and Communications Ihor Yaremenko announced that they would apply to the Verkhovna Rada for funding of the ATR TV channel.
- Denisova said that 376 Ukrainian citizens are illegally detained in the occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas.
- Russia prosecutes 133 Ukrainian citizens for political reasons- Denisova.