Crimean Tatars in their native land are under attack - OSCE
17:46, 17 September 2015

Crimean Tatars in their native land are under attack - OSCE

OSCE reports on widespread human rights violations, discrimination and legal irregularities in Crimea

17:46, 17 September 2015


"Since the occupation and annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in early 2014, the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms has deteriorated radically for a large number of residents and displaced persons – particularly for pro-Ukrainian activists, journalists and the Crimean Tatar community," according to the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) statement.

OSCE has prepared a comprehensive examination of the current human rights situation in Crimea. “Fundamental freedoms of assembly, association, expression and movement have all been restricted by the de facto authorities in Crimea,” said Michael Georg Link, Director of ODIHR. “This has occurred through the application of restrictive Russian Federation laws and through the sporadic targeting of individuals, media or communities seeking to peacefully present opposing views.”

"We found in Crimea that those Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars who openly supported the territorial integrity of Ukraine, refused Russian citizenship or did not support the de facto authorities were in a particularly vulnerable position,” said Astrid Thors, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. “Since the annexation of Crimea, the Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian communities have been subjected to increasing pressure on and control of the peaceful expression of both their culture and their political views,” he added.

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