At least 21 people were convicted for deferring from service in the Russian Armed Forces in annexed Crimea over 2018, as Fiona Frazer, the Head of the UN Monitoring Mission on human rights in Ukraine, said presenting the new report, broadcasted by Ukraine’s Crisis Media Centre.
According to her, the Crimean Tatars suffer human rights abuses most on the territory of the annexed peninsula, in particular, indictments against the Crimea Tatars for their possible membership in the religious Muslim organization banned in Russia were recorded.
“Crimean Tatars are still being called into service in the Russian Armed Forces. Men face criminal persecution for this, punishment provides up to two years behind bars. In 2018, at least 21 people were found guilty in such cases according to Russia’s official data,” Frazer noted.
In addition, the UN Monitoring Mission recorded 55 civilian deaths in Donbas in 2018.
Besides, Fiona Frazer, the Head of the UN Monitoring Mission on human rights, stated that human rights on the occupied territory of Ukraine are regularly violated. In particular, the right to freedom of opinion, freedom of religion and right to a fair trial.