13:18 Sep. 28, 2016
Situation with human rights protection in occupied Crimea constantly deteriorates and it is much worse than in the rest of Russia, says Mathew Shaaf, Senior Program Officer at Freedom House
Human rights in occupied Crimea are violated on a daily basis, reports Freedom House, a human rights watchdog. After the peninsula was occupied, independent journalists, Crimean Tatar activists, and Medjlis members often experience pressure and house checks.
Mathew Shaaf insists that the Duma elections do not justify Crimea annexation and international organizations should work harder to fight it. Freedom House thinks that that is the only way to change the situation.
One of the most important steps is a constant international presence in Crimea – UN, OSCE, and other organizations should intervene because independent journalists and monitors had to leave the peninsula. Moreover, the Crimea question should not be omitted at international summits and other meetings.
Earlier Foreign Affairs Ministry of Ukraine called Russia to free all Ukrainian political prisoners and stop persecutions of Ukrainian citizens, living in Crimea. The MFA also appealed to the international community, asking to impose on Russia all the possible types of judiciary and political pressure to detain it from totalitarian methods of violating human rights and freedom of speech.