New cases of human rights abuses have been recorded in Russia-annexed Crimea, Ivan Simonovic, UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, told a news conference in Kiev.

“Anti-terrorism and anti-extremism laws have been used to criminalize non-violent actions and suppress opposing views, while the judicial and law enforcement systems have become repressive tools against the opposition. And it is the Crimean Tatars, whose representative body, the Mejlis, was banned, and whose representatives I met during this visit, that bear the brunt of it,” said Simonovic.

Simonovic also urged the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation to reverse the decision to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.