Crimean Tatar Resource Center

Analysis of violations of human rights in the occupied Crimea over 2018 (brief)

5 March 2019

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center presents the analysis of the human rights violations in the temporary occupied Crimea over 2018. Most of the violations were conducted in relation to the representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people.

Victims

6 victims were registered, 4 of them are the representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people.

1 person went missing.

Searches

92 searches were conducted, 75 of them in the houses of the Crimean Tatars.

Detentions

128 cases of detentions were registered75 of them in relation to the Crimean Tatars.

Interrogations

152 cases of interrogations (conversations) were registered, 93 of them were in relation to the representatives of the Crimean Tatar people.

Arrests

208 cases of arrests and extensions of detention periods were registered, 146 of them were in relation to the Crimean Tatars.

Right to a fair trial

493 times the right to a fair trial was violated, 368 times in relation to the Crimean Tatars. This right has been repeatedly violated in relation to the defendants of the “Hizb ut-Tahrir case”, the “Vedzhie Kashka's case”, the “February 26 case”, the “case of Ukrainian saboteurs”, the “case of the Crimean Tatar entrepreneurs” and other Crimean political prisoners, participants of one-man protests, Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian activists.

Fines

≈2 233,500 rubles (≈ $ 33,653) is the total known amount of fines imposed by the occupation courts of Crimea. From the beginning of the year, over two thousand drivers were fined up to a total of 1,276 million rubles for driving cars with the Ukrainian state car plates of the Crimean series.

Right to physical and mental integrity

57 cases were registered, 28 of them in relation to the Crimean Tatars.

Right to peaceful assembly

8 times this rights was violated, 6 times in relation to the Crimean Tatars.

Illegal transfer to the Russian Federation

50 cases of illegal transfer were registered. 17 of them were in relation to the Crimean Tatars.

Illegal entry of vessels into Crimea

178 vessel illegally entered the ports of the annexed Crimea.

Deportation and expulsion of people

In February the Evpatoria city “court” ordered to expel 23 Ukrainian nationals from the occupied Crimea for “illegal” employment while the Central District "court" of Simferopol expelled the British journalist Madelain Roach. The Crimean Tatar activist Nedim Khalilov was deported by Russian authorities to Uzbekistan in May 2018.

Vandalism and destruction of cultural heritage

2 cases of vandalism were registered at Crimean Tatar cemeteries and mosques. The occupation authorities of Crimea, started so-called restoration of the Khan's Palace in Bakhchisaray thus destroying the historical and cultural world-renowned monument of Crimean Tatar heritage.

Destruction of the ecosystem of Crimea

The explosion at the plant «Titan»: the release of environmentally hazardous substances in the town of Armyansk.

About 133,849 trees as well as 1,21749 units of shrub vegetation were demolished as a result of building «Tavrida highway».

Russian military aggression against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov

24 Ukrainian sailors were captured in the Kerch Strait and taken to Moscow Lefortovo's detention center.