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09.08.2017

Appeal on imposing of sanctions against individuals involved in persecution of Mr Vladimir Balukh

To Governments of Ukraine, EU Member States, Switzerland, Norway, Montenegro, Iceland, Albania, Liechtenstein, the USA, Canada, Australia, and Japan To Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea   OPEN APPEAL   On August 4th 2017, violating the fundamental human rights and international humanitarian law provisions, the Crimean Occupation Court passed a sentence on Mr Vladimir Balukh, Ukrainian. Ms Maria Bedritskaya,...
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03.08.2017

Alternative repor to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, CERD, 93rd session

The Russian Federation controls unlawfully the territory of Crimea after its occupation, but it is not relieved from the responsibility to observe the human rights on the peninsula. However, the political actions of the Russian authorities in Crimea have caused discrimination almost in all spheres of Crimeans’ life. The brief review of violations of the norms of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial...
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05.07.2017

People in Crimea are being persecuted by court for their religious beliefs

Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) records facts of harassment and persecution of believers in the occupied by the Russian Federation Crimea On the Crimean website of de facto authorities “Justice of the Peace of the Republic of Crimea” there is information about 6 decisions on administrative cases in 2017 for religious activities in Crimea under Part 3 of Article 5.26 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation...
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04.07.2017

Problems connected with the making of passports of Ukrainian citizens to persons who have reached 14 or 16 years of age and live in Crimea

In March of this year, CHRG carried out monitoring regarding the observance of the rights of citizens during the processing of documents in the territorial departments of the State of Ukraine and the centres of administrative services in Kherson. It was found out that during registering of passports of a Ukrainian citizen to persons who have reached the age of 14 or 16 and residing in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous...
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12.06.2017

Unsanctioned Freedom

The Crimean Human Rights Group presents to your attention the аnalytical review on violation of right to peaceful assembly in Crimea (March 2014 – March 2017) «Unsanctioned Freedom» The review has summed up outcomes of the consistent and comprehensive work of the Crimean Human Rights Group on monitoring and documenting the facts of violating the freedom of peaceful assemblieson the territory of Crimea after the occupation and unlawful...
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30.05.2017

How to counteract illegal searches in Crimea – legal advice

In Crimea, since the beginning of the occupation, the visits of security officials to homes for activists and journalists have increased, as a result of which the occupation authorities fabricate administrative and criminal cases against Crimeans. Often the purpose of such visits is to “find” any illegal items and to seize mobile phones, computers and other equipment. In the legislation of the Russian Federation, which now actually...
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29.05.2017

The main risks of the bill on social benefits for Ukrainian political prisoners

The head of the Crimean human rights group, Olga Skrypnik, spoke about the main risks for political prisoners, which contains a new bill, presented by the Ministry of Occupied Territories on 25 May. The bill proposes to create a commission that will determine whether the Ukrainian is a political prisoner, deprived of his liberty in the territory of the Russian Federation, Crimea or Occupied territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Those who...
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19.05.2017

The Ukrainian citizens from Crimea and Donbas should receive biometric passports without any restrictions

Speaking at Freedom of Speech TV talk show on ICTV channel on 15.05.2017, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, when discussing the visa free regime, said that the citizens of Ukraine that remained on the occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Sevastopol and Donbas territories not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities, may run into difficulties in the process of obtaining biometric passports for leaving abroad. The...
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21.04.2017

Situation with access to the education in the native language in Crimea

Fundamental human rights documents prohibit discrimination, i.e., unjustified restriction or violation of human rights due to sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status. These commitments are to be undertaken by all countries that signed and ratified the relevant international documents on human rights. Though the Russian...
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05.04.2017

The military conscription of Crimean residents to the Russian army grossly violates international humanitarian law

Світлина gazeta.ru Starting from 1 April, a spring campaign began on the military conscription of the residents of Crimea in the ranks of the armed forces of the Russian Federation. In total, the Russian authorities plan to call 2,400 Crimean residents to the RF Armed Forces aged 18 to 27 years in the spring of 2017. Unlike the previous military conscriptions, Crimean citizens will now be distributed not only to the RF Armed Forces,...
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31.03.2017

List of Crimean judges who unlawfully make judgements

The list includes judges who passed judgements on depriving citizens of Ukraine of liberty contrary to the right on a fair trial and an effective remedy, with a clear fabrication of evidence and/ or using other unlawful investigation means including torturing. Awarding judgements on deprivation of liberty was caused by political reasons and prejudicial treatment of citizens of Ukraine by judges due to their political or religious beliefs or due...
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24.01.2017

The case of “Ukrainian saboteurs” – the tool of the Kremlin in the information war against Ukraine

“Ukrainian saboteurs’ case” is a gross falsification, illegal methods of investigation, tortures and psychological pressure. In the “case of saboteurs” Crimean Human Rights Group documented human rights violations against the citizens of Ukraine, which give the reason to consider them as political prisoners. This statement was made by the head of the Crimean Human Rights Group Olga Skripnik on 23 January in Strasbourg...
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News

31.07.2017

Crimean citizens are recruited into the Russian army in violation of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of WarOn 30 July, 2017 another action was held in Sevastopol calling to serve under the contract in the Russian army. The citizens of Sevastopol again were recruited for military service. At the so-called “point of selection for military service on a contract basis” they distributed booklets with agitation to serve in separate coastal defence brigade 126 and in landing ships brigade 197 of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. Agitation was held in Sevastopol during the celebration of the day of the Navy on Nakhimov Square. According to the Crimea.Realii website, an exhibition of land military equipment was held on the same square; The exhibition included: a mobile coastal anti-ship missile system “Bastion” with a unified homing missile “Yakhont”, a mobile command and staff radio station, a floating wheeled armoured personnel carrier, an anti-aircraft missile system S-300 “Favorit” for the destruction of modern and prospective aircraft, a 122 mm missile-antiaircraft complex Grad, a multiple launch rocket system “Uragan”, an anti-aircraft missile system “Pantsir”, an air defence missile system “Osa”, a charging car, a self-propelled artillery “Gvozdika”. According to Russian media, the occupation authorities held a naval parade in the city, where military a demonstration fire was organized. The event began with the entrance of the three-masted sailing frigate “Khersones” to the Sevastopol Bay, at which students of the Ukrainian University (Kerch State Maritime Technological University) earlier had a maritime practice. According to local and Russian media, the training ship “Perekop”, missile cruiser “Moscow” and the diesel-electric submarine “Stary Oskol”, as well as the naval aviation Ka-27 helicopters and Su-30SM fighters, also took part in the military parade. Such actions of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine, which was occupied by it, grossly violate international humanitarian law and are prohibited by international conventions. The Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) earlier recorded the holding of similar agitation events for military service in the Russian army in the occupied peninsula. We remind you that Article 51 of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War explicitly prohibits the invocation of an occupying power in the occupied territory. The head of the CHRG, Olga Skrypnik, noted that among other things the Convention prohibits propaganda of the military conscription in the occupied territories, including all the advertising posters, various “patriotic” events in schools and universities where people are called to go to the Russian army. Both contractual and regular service are under the ban. Photos of the mobile point of military drafting and promotional booklets were made on 30 July in Sevastopol.

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