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The authorities refused to conduct environmental picket by the social activists in Sevastopol

The association of citizens “Anarchists of Sevastopol” on 10 April sent notification of intention to hold a public event “Ecological picket” on 22 April, 2017 in Ushakov Square in Sevastopol to the “chairman of the government” of Sevastopol Ovsyannikov D.V.

The notice says that the purpose of the event is “to promote the ecological way of life and to inform the public about the rules of behaviour in nature”.

The authorities of Sevastopol denied social activists, referring to the fact that the declared event could hinder the conduction of a volunteer clean-up in the city.

“The Department of Public Communications” in response to “Anarchists of Sevastopol” reported that on 22 April there will be “planned events to improve and clean the city from solid municipal waste” and allegedly “the action may prevent the implementation of these activities”.

The Crimean human rights group was informed by social activists that they intend to appeal the refusal in court.


Earlier, the Crimean human rights group reported that the Crimean authorities had reduced the number of assigned places for holding peaceful assemblies. According to CHRG experts, the authorities in Crimea unreasonably restrict the right to freedom of assembly, which is enshrined in Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 21 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, article 11 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Crimean human rights group in 2016 gathered information about the violation of freedom of peaceful assembly in Crimea for the past period of occupation.

In 2016, amendments were made to the law of the Russian Federation on meetings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets, which de facto acts in the occupied peninsula.



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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