Over 230 cases of political persecution recorded in occupied Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

In most cases, the court decision is known in advance
11:21, 18 November 2021

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Human rights activists in occupied Crimea noted more than 230 cases of political persecution. The independent judicial system was destroyed there, the manager of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center Lyudmyla Korotkykh reported on Facebook page.

She noted that the Crimean Tatar Resource Center recorded 234 cases of criminal prosecution of local residents for political motives during the period of occupation of the peninsula.

"In most cases, the court decision is known in advance. Often, hearings take place in closed mode, without access to media and relatives, with violations of other aspects of the right to a fair trial and an effective mechanism of legal protection," Lyudmyla Korotkykh stated.

According to her, the indigenous Crimean Tatar people suffer from such an arbitrariness to a greater extent.

"Only in the 9 months of 2021, we have recorded 13 cases of removal of political prisoners from the courtroom for the use of a native Crimean Tatar language, which is recognized as official in Crimea," she added.

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In addition, she noted, the usual practice in Crimea was the persecution of lawyers of the indigenous people involved in political affairs. In this context, she spoke about the "case" of Eden Semedlyaev, convicted for 12 days of administrative arrest and a fine.

Earlier, the Ukrainian Prosecutor's Office initiated 20 cases on the facts of damage to the Crimean ecology.

Related: Belarusian Foreign Minister calls annexed Crimea "Russian territory"

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