Persecutions Continue in Occupied Crimea
Nearly 400 cases against the right to assembly in occupied Crimea
Illustration from Ukrinform – UATV
Since 2014, almost 400 cases of violations of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly have been recorded in occupied Crimea.
Oleksandr Sedov, representative of Crimean Human Rights Group, made this statement at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, a Ukrinform correspondent reported.
“During the period of occupation, the Crimean Human Rights Group has registered 374 facts of criminal or administrative prosecution for participation in peaceful assemblies. The total amount of fines within the framework of these proceedings exceeds 4 million rubles,” Sedov said.
He emphasized that, most often, the participants and organizers of events criticizing the authorities of the Russian Federation or local administrations and actions against political or religious persecution in Crimea fall under prosecution.
As the human rights activist emphasized, the possibility of holding Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar national holidays and events, in particular on the anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, is limited in Crimea.
Sedov noted that activists in Crimea were intimidated by warnings with threats of administrative or criminal prosecution, as well as limiting the venues for events.