Human Rights Organizations Report Occupied Crimea as ‘zone of lawlessness’
Since Crimea was annexed by Russia in 2014, hundreds of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatars have been jailed
The temporarily occupied Crimea is a ‘grey zone of lawlessness’ and Ukrainian citizens should remember this when visiting the peninsula.
“We see that Crimea is a grey zone of lawlessness. It is a territory where any Ukrainian citizen can be arbitrarily deprived of liberty simply on trumped-up charges,” the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crime Anton Korynevych said, Ukrinform reported.
Citizens who visit the temporarily occupied Crimea should keep in mind: it is really dangerous there as the experience of Edem Bekirov and other political prisoners have shown.
“Prisoners of the Kremlin” campaign reported that the occupation of Crimea is accompanied by systematic reprisals and persecution of disloyal Crimeans.
Ukrainian human rights organizations reported that hundreds of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatars have been jailed, 12 criminal cases and more than 300 administrative cases have been opened over peaceful assemblies, more than 30 criminal cases have been opened over membership in organizations prohibited in the Russian Federation, more than 70 cases have been opened under “anti-extremist” legislation of the Russian Federation over the course of occupation.