78 Crimean Tatars and two local Muslims were fined for the holding of the single pickets since November 16, 2017, until February 15, 2018. They protested against the arrests of the members of the Crimean Tatar community on the charges of the participation in the terrorist or extremist organizations as it is stated in the report of the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Ukraine.
The protesters were accused of the violation of the laws of Russia on the public gatherings that demand the prior permission. At the same time, no evidence that the single pickets could harm the interests of the national security, public security or public order, health security or morality of the population was provided.
The members of the OHCHR commission noted that the monitoring of the situation is held from continental Ukraine as Russia continues to ban them in the access to the occupied territories. Also, it is noted in the report that the Russian authority continues to use Russia’s laws in Crimea and it is the violation of the points of the international humanitarian law that the local legislation should be observed at the occupied territories.
The fines imposed against the partakers of the peaceful single pickets without the evidence of their guilt is the demonstration of one of the permanent problems in the sphere of the human rights and freedoms in Crimea as OHCHR emphasized.