Recent Developments in Crimea: Human Rights Violations & Ongoing Militarization of Crimea

Recent Developments in Crimea: Human Rights Violations & Ongoing Militarization of Crimea

16 Dec 20

On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, the Turkish Heritage Organization hosted a dynamic webinar and panel featuring a conversation on Recent Developments in Crimea: Human Rights Violations and Ongoing Militarization of Crimea. The event opened with introductory remarks from the event moderator, Bill Clifford, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of America and the introduction of the webinar’s first opening speaker, Ambassador Reeker. Ambassador Reeker has led the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs since March of 2019. He has served in various posts throughout the State Department including, United States Consul General in Milan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs focused on the Balkans, US Ambassador to North Macedonia, and Deputy State Department Spokesman/Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, and much more. Ambassador Reeker received the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 2019, and the American Citizens Abroad Thomas Jefferson Award in 2017 for services to the community of Americans living abroad. 

Ambassador Reeker opened up this webinar with opening remarks sharing the gravity of the details and developments happening in Crimea, and reinforced the American support for Crimea through the policies set forth by the Secretary of State and condemning the rise of aggression and interventions from Russia in this region. 

Following Ambassador Reeker’s opening remarks, moderator Bill Clifford introduced the distinguished panel including: Anton Korynevych, who is the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, H.E. Emine Dzhaparova, First Deputy Foreign Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, as well as Ambassador Steven Pifer, Former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia on the National Security Council.  

H.E. Emine Dzhaparova led the opening remarks to highlight the repression, increasing violence and targeting of citizens of Crimea and Ukraine, and the illegal “privatization” of the Ukrainian state enterprises. H.E. Dzhaparova also discussed the need to engage partners for increased international cooperation and responses to address the human rights crisis and situation developing. 

Following a presentation from H.E. Emine Dzhaparova, Bill Clifford opened it up to the esteemed panelists to have a discussion on the latest developments and policies as it relates to the region and the impact in Crimea. Throughout the conversation, Ambassador Steve Pifer reaffirmed the role of the United States and the incoming Biden administration to support those in Ukraine and Crimea to combat the interference and further rise of Russia. Further in the conversation, Anton Korynevych highlighted many aspects of the realities of human rights issues happening in the region to accompany background and perspective shed from both Ambassador Pifer and H.E. Emine Dzhaparova. THO looks forward to following these developments closely with future conversations and analyses.