UN disseminated the Report of the Secretary-General A/HRC/47/58 to the Human Rights Council Forty-seventh session (21 June–9 July 2021) “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine” submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 75/192.
In this Report Secretary-General calls upon Russia to uphold its obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law in Crimea. In particular, the Russian “authorities” are required by him to comply fully with the absolute prohibition of torture and ensure the independent, impartial and effective investigation of all allegations of ill-treatment, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention in Crimea. Report points that they have the obligation to ensure that the rights of persons deprived of liberty are fully respected.
Secretary-General also calls upon Russia to respect the right to adequate housing of all Crimean residents and to ensure that access to social housing is consistent with the principle of non-discrimination. He also calls upon the Russian “authorities” to enable a safe environment for independent and pluralistic media outlets and civil society organizations. Report points that religious groups should have unchallenged access to their places of worship and they should be able to gather freely for prayer and other religious practices, regardless of any registration requirements.