Since the beginning of the occupation of the peninsula, the UNESCO Executive Board has adopted twelve decisions «Monitoring the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine)», which allowed to ensure the issue of the Russian-occupied Crimea in the list of priority issues on the agenda of this governing body for more than six years. It also allowed for establishment of the comprehensive UNESCO monitoring mechanism on the human rights situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol within the areas of responsibility of this Organization. 

At the initiative of the Ukrainian side, the Director-General of UNESCO regularly holds information meetings on human rights issues in the occupied Crimea with the participation of a wide range of permanent representatives of UNESCO member states, representatives of international and non-governmental partner organizations. The event provides detailed information on human rights violations on the peninsula in the areas of national minority rights, including education and cultural needs, preservation of cultural heritage, the rights of journalists, religious communities, etc.