UN mission records 42 enforced disappearance cases in occupied Crimea

UN mission records 42 enforced disappearance cases in occupied Crimea

The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine has recorded 42 cases of enforced disappearance since Crimea was illegally annexed by Russia.

"During the reporting period [13 September 2017 – 30 June 2018], we documented four new cases of enforced disappearance. Thus, the total number of known cases has risen to 42 since the beginning of the occupation," Fiona Frazer, the Head of the UN Human Rights Mission to Ukraine, said during presentation of the report on human rights situation in the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

Frazer noted that arbitrary arrests and detentions occurred in Crimea. Only for the last ten months, the UN mission representatives documented 11 arrests which had, according to her information, no legal grounds.

The human rights violations continue to take place in Crimea, and there have been no tangible improvements in the last ten months. The Crimean Tatars as the indigenous people of Crimea experience "overwhelming harassment", she stressed.

"We call on the Russian de facto authorities in Crimea to stop arbitrary raids on private property owned by Crimean Tatars and refrain from enforcing the legislation of the Russian Federation in Crimea. We also urge the Russian Federation to comply with the ruling of the International Court of Justice on the abolishment of the ban on the Mejlis," the Head of the UN. Human Rights Mission to Ukraine said.


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