On March 18, 2014, part of the Crimean peninsula officially became part of Russia, forming the Republic of Crimea. The accession of Crimea to Russia did not receive international recognition. On March 27, 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 68/262, in which it was stated that the referendum held is not valid and can not be used as a ground for changing the status of an autonomous republic. In the UN documents and the legislation of Ukraine, the declared territory of the republic is considered as the Autonomous Republic of Crimea temporarily occupied by the Russian armed forces.
We closely monitor the violation of human rights in the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, primarily violations of the rights to freedom of assembly, movement and expression of opinion. Since the entry of the peninsula as a part of Russian Federation, journalists, human rights activists and other activists have recorded many gross violations of the rights of local residents on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
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Views 31 On 30 May 2019 two Crimean Tatar activists Lutfie Zudieva and Mumine Salieva were detained by the Russian enforcement agents (Center for Combating Extremism) in the occupied Crimea. Lutfie Zudieva was apprehended on her way home from the market, while Mumine Salieva was approached by security forces at her home.Read More
Views 39 Two Crimean Solidarity activists, both of them mothers with young children, have been arrested in occupied Crimea and are being held in the so-called Centre for countering ‘extremism’ and refused access to lawyers. This is the latest of many brazen attacks on Crimean Tatar civic activists in occupied Crimea, but by far theRead More
Views 116 16-year-old Abduraman Abduveliev has received a 6-month restricted liberty sentence for taking down three Russian flags in the village of Kurske. The teenager was prosecuted for supposed ‘desecration of the Russian flag’ under Article 329 of Russia’s criminal code which, like the flags, is being illegally used on occupied territory.Read More
Views 213 On 27 March, security services in Crimea carried out the largest house search operation of Crimean Tatar homes since Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014. Beginning at four o’clock in the morning, FSB, Interior Ministry and Russian National Guard personnel searched 27 homes in the Crimean Tatar villages of Stroganovka, Kamenka and AikavanRead More
Views 11,534 On November 25, the Ukrainian ships “Berdyansk,” “Nikopol” and “Yany Kapu,” en route from Odessa to Mariupol through the Kerch Strait, were detained by officers of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation. During the detention, Russian border guards used life-threatening violence. As a result, the coast guard boat of the RussianRead More
Views 1,614 Ukrainian journalist Alena Savchuk has been banned from entering Russia for 10 years. This was told to her by Russian border guards at the Novoalekseevka checkpoint when she tried to drive into annexed Crimea from Kherson.Read More
Views 1,092 On November 22 in Nuremberg, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, SOLIDARUS NGO presented a report on the persecution of residents of occupied Crimea: Members of the “Mejlis” organization, the situation with prisoners and the violation of religious freedom and the freedom of national minorities.Read More
Views 448 French director Jean-Luc Godard refused an invitation to visit Russia because of the Oleg Sentsov case. “Medusa” writes about this. With the permission of Godard, the Society of French Film Directors issued a letter that the director wrote to Dmitry Ozerkov, the Head of the Modern Art Department at the Hermitage. In theRead More
Views 662 In the city of Dzhankoy, located in northern Crimea, FSB officers searched members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, an organization that is currently banned in Russia. According to the TV channel Vesti-Crimea, searches were carried out at 30 different addresses. Later, “Novaya Gazeta” reporter in Crimea, Anton Naumlyuk, clarified that searches at only five addressesRead More
Views 125 Andriy Sushko, a Ukrainian turncoat now working for the Russian FSB in occupied Crimea has been added to the United States’ sanctions list for his role in the abduction and savage torture of Rinat Paralamov in September 2017. Sushko is just one of the people whom human rights groups have identified as candidatesRead More
Views 638 The European Union does not recognize the “self-proclaimed representative offices” of annexed Crimea by Russia, the spokesman for the EU Delegation in Ukraine, David Stulik, stated on November 14, commenting on reports in the Russian media that the representation of the annexed Crimea in the European Union will begin next year.Read More