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CTRC handed over the sanctions lists to the Latvian Embassy

25 November 2021

On Thursday, November 25, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center held a meeting with a representative of the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Ukraine. The interlocutors discussed the situation with the violation of human rights in the occupied Crimea, and also discussed mechanisms for ensuring the protection of human rights on the peninsula. In particular, the diplomat was told about the importance of personal sanctions.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Head of Mission Karina Leja, Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Head of the Department of Legal  and Foreign Affairs of  Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Eskender Bariiev, managers of the CTRC Zarema Bariieva and Liudmyla Korotkykh.

The interlocutors discussed the situation with human rights violations in the occupied Crimea. The diplomats were told about the political prisoners who disappeared and died during the occupation of the peninsula.

“The actions of the Russian Federation are criminal, politically motivated, and flagrantly violate international law. The most important tool for curbing the aggression of the Russian Federation and ongoing repression are sanctions”,- Bariiev emphasized.

But so far, EU sanctions against Crimea have been applied only against persons involved in the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, and not against those involved in human rights violations in the occupied peninsula.

“I would like to note that the lists do not include judges, investigators, prosecutors, FSB officers and representatives of law enforcement agencies who are directly related to the violation of human rights in Crimea. Therefore, these lists can be considered incomplete both qualitatively and quantitatively. And those who directly commit violations of human rights remain unpunished”,- added the Head of the Board of the CTRC.

That is why the experts of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center have developed a list of 166 people who violate human rights in the occupied Crimea. In addition, a classification of persons involved in the persecution of political prisoners, their relatives and Crimean activists was presented:

1. FSB employees

2. Employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

3. Employees of the prosecutor's office

4. Judges

5. Court secretaries

6. Experts / Doctors

7. Employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service

8. Lawyers by appointment

9. Other officials (ministries, Ministry of Emergency Situations, etc.)

The CTRC team provided the embassy with lists of 50 people involved in human rights violations in Crimea and called for assistance in imposing sanctions against them.

The interlocutors also discussed ways of further cooperation. The representative of the Latvian Embassy thanked the CTRC team for the materials provided and assured that she would pass them on to her colleagues in Riga.

The classification was developed with the support of the Renaissance Foundation. Thoughts, conclusions and recommendations belong to the authors of this classification and do not necessarily reflect the views the Renaissance Foundation. The responsibility for the content lies solely with the Crimean Tatar Resource Center.