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UN releases new report on human rights violations in occupied Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

Over the last year, the number of detentions of members of religious minorities increased fivefold
21:27, 2 September 2021

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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres prepared the new report on human rights violations in the Russian-occupied Crimea. The full text is available on the UN official website.

"The reporting period was marked by a significant increase in the number of arbitrary arrests and detentions of members of religious minorities in Crimea. OHCHR documented the arbitrary arrests of 33 individuals (30 men and 3 women) in Crimea during that period, which represents an almost fivefold increase in comparison with the seven individuals arrested in the 2019–2020 period. Thirty-one of the victims belonged to religious minorities in Crimea (21 Muslims and 10 Jehovah’s Witnesses)", reads the report.

The UN also claimed that "no tangible progress has been made in investigating the 43 cases of enforced disappearances (39 men and 4 women) documented in Crimea since March 2014". The document also says that local police, forces of "self-defense" of Crimea and the FSB employees were among the people behind the acts of kidnapping and detention in unofficial remand centres, as well as in tortures and other kinds of violent treatment. 

Related: Russian special services search Crimean Tatars’ houses in occupied Crimea

Besides, the local law enforcers keep sending the detained people from the peninsula to Russia's distant regions, so that they serve time there; at least 28 such cases were detected this year.

"During the reporting period, OHCHR documented 61 house searches and raids in Crimea. Most of them concerned homes, meeting places or business premises belonging to Crimean Tatars or Jehovah’s Witnesses. OHCHR noted that, while the overall annual number of searches that it had documented in Crimea remained quite similar to previous years, the proportion of them that affected Crimean Tatars decreased from 74 per cent of all searches in 2019 to 48 per cent in 2020", reads the report.

Related: EU considers prison sentences for Crimean Tatars in Russia illegal, - official

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