OHCHR documents 81 cases of human rights violations in Russian-occupied Crimea
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has documented 81 cases involving credible allegations of human rights violations and abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea.
"During the reporting period, OHCHR documented 81 cases involving credible allegations of human rights violations and abuses, which affected 167 victims, including 34 women and 72 members of national minorities. Of the 81 documented cases, 62 occurred during the reporting period," OHCHR said in a report on the situation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine, from September 13, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
"According to information collected by OHCHR, due process and fair trial rights of 94 individuals were violated by state agents of the Russian Federation in Crimea, including judges, prosecutors, investigators, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation ('FSB') and police. Several convictions sanctioned political dissent and appeared to be designed to serve as warnings to others."
"Among documented cases, 19 arbitrary arrests and detentions and four enforced disappearances occurred during the reporting period. In addition, in 11 cases of enforced disappearances, which occurred prior to the reporting period, the victims are still missing as of June 30, 2018," reads the report.
Seven cases were recorded when victims were ill-treated and sometimes tortured as punishment or way to extort "confessions."
"During the reporting period, OHCHR verified 13 cases where Ukrainian citizens detained in Crimea were transferred to the Russian Federation to stand trial or serve a sentence. The actual number is believed to be much higher, since Russian Federation authorities do not publicly report on the number of such transfers. 84 OHCHR continued," the report says.