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MIP Reports on Measures Taken on International Advocacy of Occupied Territories Issue

On 12 June 2019, the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Emine Dzhaparova, reported on the measures taken on international advocacy of the issue of occupied territories at the press centre of the Ukrinform news agency.

The measures taken include international conferences, meetings, marking memorable dates, and printing out and distributing English books and materials relative to the topic of occupied territories.

The key measures include the following:

February 26th: The exhibition “Wonderful Crimean Stories” was opened at Mystetskyi Arsenal on the occasion of the Day of Crimean Resistance to Russian Occupation.

February 27th: The V International Forum “Occupied Crimea: Five Years of Resistance” was held at Mystetskyi Arsenal in Kyiv.

March 5th: A conference titled “Crimea. The Stolen Peninsula” took place at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Russian occupation. An eponymous film was presented at the conference. In addition, a number of bilateral meetings took place, including with MEPs Anna Fotyga and Sandra Kalniete; Thomas Mayr-Harting, Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia in the European External Action Service; and Silvio Gonzato, Director for inter-institutional relations, policy coordination and public diplomacy at EEAS.

March 11th: Ms Dzhaparova took part in a hearing of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal in the lawsuit initiated by Ukraine against the Allard Pierson Museum, an archaeological museum of the University of Amsterdam, Belgium.

March 19th: An international forum titled “Crimea after Five Years of Russian Occupation. The Threat to Global International Order” was held in Washington. In addition, bilateral meetings were held with Mark Wentworth, Director for Press and Public Diplomacy, US Department of State, and his colleagues, Hunter Treseder and Lillian Wahl-Tuco.

April 5th: Ms Dzaparova took place in a public discussion titled “On the Road to Toronto – Ukraine’s Civil Society and Information Resilience Five Years After Maidan” in Brussels, Belgium.

April 18th: The International Research and Practice Conference “De-occupation and Reintegration of the Information Space of Crimea: International Legal and Media Communications Instruments” was held at the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

May 8th: Ms Dzhaparova met with George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. The meeting was also attended by Joseph Pennington, Charge d’Affaires ad interim of the US to Ukraine, and Anton Cooper, a diplomat of the political department of the US Embassy in Ukraine.

May 18th: The arts project “The Stolen Crimea” and a requiem evening commemorating the victims of the 1944 Crimean Tatar genocide was held at the Expocentre Ukraine exhibition centre.

May 21st: Ms Dzhaparova took part in the events on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people in Ankara, Turkey.

May 24th: Ms Dzhaparova spoke on the implementation of the Strategy of Information Reintegration of Crimea at a conference titled “Occupied Crimea: Foreign and Security Policy.”

June 7th: A Crimean evening was held within the framework of an image visit to Ukraine by ambassadors accredited to Poland.

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