UN: Raids Against Crimean Tatars in Crimea Doubled in 2019
The UN report states that double the number of raids has occurred in 2019 compared to 2018
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According to the Chair of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, Matilda Bogner, the number of searches and raids against Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea doubled in the first half of 2019.
“Within the first six months of 2019, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) documented 67 searches and raids carried out by Russian Federation law enforcement officers in Crimea. At least 53 (nearly 79%) impacted Crimean Tatars. OHCHR notes that the number of raids against Crimean Tatars almost doubled compared to the same period last year,” the report reads.
Bogner noted that the Russian Federation authorities continued to suppress freedom of expression on social media in Crimea by imposing administrative sanctions under extremism charges.
“In some cases, Russian anti-extremism legislation was applied to content posted on social media prior to the application of Russian Federation law in Crimea,” she said.