In framework of permanent co-operation with UN bodies regarding issues of de-occupation and reintegration the Crimea and relevant human rights impact our Association sent submission to UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Submission was sent in framework of UN’s regional focus on persons with disabilities in situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies and discussion on next UN comments to article 11 of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

In that submission, available now on UN web-sources, ARC stressed that Russian attacks against Ukrainian non-combatants, including medic and social personnel and against Ukrainian civil infrastructure have features of state terrorism and made strong negative influence on realization the rights of persons with disabilities.

Negative impact of Russian aggression against Ukraine, including the illegal occupation of the Crimea forced ARC to suggest proposals for the UN general comment on persons with disabilities in situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies.

ARC stressed that role of International Criminal Court and special tribunals in cases of war crimes against persons with disabilities and of ECtHR in cases of gross violations of rights of persons with disabilities in conflict zones and zones of foreign control must be reflected in the UN comment.

Also ARC stressed in submission, that the UN comment must include issues of illegal activities of mercenaries, paramilitary structures, militaristic and racist propaganda against persons with disabilities in conflict zones, condemning aspects of state terrorism and financing of terrorist groups and activities that are against persons with disabilities, issues of racial discrimination and genocidal policy against such persons with disabilities, especially belonging to minorities and indigenous peoples. Relevant proposals were discussed on the UN Committee’s 28th session, in Geneva on 7 of March 2023 on the day of general discussion, organized by OHCHR.

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