The cost of the occupation of Crimea – 7,067 recorded human rights violations

January 6, 2022

On Friday, December 10, the whole world celebrates Human Rights Day – it was on this day in 1948 during the third session of the UN General Assembly that the General Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. At the international level, this document proclaimed basic civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights and thus established their standards. However, not all countries comply with the principles of the declaration. In particular, after the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014, the human rights situation on the peninsula is constantly deteriorating.

After the occupation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, hundreds of activists were repressed for their civic stance. Criminal cases have been initiated, detentions, searches and arrests are systematically carried out, people forcibly disappear.

The indigenous people of Crimea – the Crimean Tatars, against whom repressions are being carried out, found themselves in a particularly difficult situation. According to the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, over the entire period of occupation, the number of political prisoners and prosecuted in criminal cases reached 234, 165 of which are representatives of the Crimean Tatar people.

Russia, in violation of international law, continues to carry out massive repressions and put pressure on the Crimean Tatars and pro-Ukrainian activists on the territory of the Crimean peninsula. So, according to our data, for 2017 – 2021, the following was recorded on the peninsula:

342 searches (256  against Crimean Tatars)

1215 arrests (1006 against Crimean Tatars)

1142 interrogations (878 against Crimean Tatars)

1,036 arrests (781 against Crimean Tatars)

2,550 violations of the right to a fair trial (1,569 against Crimean Tatars)

501 violations of the right to health (315 against Crimean Tatars)

281 transferrings (208 against Crimean Tatars).

In total, in 2017-2021, 7067 violations of basic human rights were recorded in the occupied Crimea, 5015 – against representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center is launching the campaign "The Cost of the Occupation of Crimea" aimed at reminding the international community of the occupation of Crimea, of human rights violations on the peninsula, of the systemic repressions of the Russian Federation against the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar peoples, and that after eight years the situation has not is improving.

We call on everyone to join the campaign The Price of the Occupation of Crimea and distribute the poster via your pages on social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Telegram) to show the occupier and the whole world that we continue to fight for the return of Crimea and an end to human rights violations. Thus, we will show solidarity with our compatriots in the occupied Crimea, who became victims of the occupation regime.

We remind you that the Crimean Tatar Resource Center not only records violations of human rights, but also informs the international community about the crimes of the Russian Federation. For example, recently the CTRC prepared a report on the topic Persecution and violence against women in the occupied Crimea, which was posted on the OHCHR website.

Over the entire period of their work, the experts of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center have submitted 86 applications, complaints, reports to international human rights organizations and their structures:

– ECHR (25 applications);

– UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (7 documents);

– EMRIP (4 documents);

– UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2 documents);

– UN Special Procedures (20 documents);

– UN Human Rights Committee (2 statements);

– UN Committee on Women's Rights (1 document);

– Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1 report);

– European Committee against Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (7 complaints);

– HDIM, OSCE (16 reports);

– Other OSCE bodies (1 document).

The poster was designed by the Crimean Tatar Resource Center and Ukrainian artist Andriy Yermolenko.