Small religious communities are being discriminated in Crimea, Donbas, - Department of State

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the US State Department, Russia intensified discrimination of minority religious groups in the occupied territories
11:24, 23 June 2019

Religious minorities suffer from discrimination in Crimea and Donbas, the US State Department report says.

According to the State Department, the Russian-controlled separatist regime forces all another from the Moscow Orthodox Church to acquire a “government religious expert estimate”. In particular, the Jehovah’s Witnesses are prohibited in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

It was noted that Russian-controlled illegal regime forces continue seizing religious minorities’ buildings and using them as military facilities in Donbas region.

“Russian occupant authorities harassed and discriminated the Jehovah’s Witnesses, members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyiv Patriarchate, the Muslim Crimean Tatars and minor religious groups,” the report says.

It was also emphasized that activists of religious communities in Crimea were subjected to torture.

Related: Ukrainian sentenced to six months in colony in annexed Crimea

As we reported earlier, Russian law enforcers held new search in the house of Crimean Tatars in Krasnivka, Simferopol region, annexed Crimea. Emirkhan Murtazaev was detained and transferred to Simferopol.

Related: Crimean Tatar political prisoner Bekirov taken to hospital for 30-minute examination, - lawyer

It is noted that detainee was released; he stayed in the Center of Counteraction Extremism. Emirkhan has a mental illness, schizophrenia. Due to this fact, the law enforcers could not detain him and question him without the presence of the legal representative as he cannot be accountable for his actions.

The Russian law enforcers have not commented on the reasons for search and detention.

Related: Kremlin responds to Zelensky’s words that Crimea is Ukraine

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