SEVASTOPOL / AK-YAR (QHA) -

Starting from January 1, 2017, Crimean prisoners will be sent to forced labor if sentenced to imprisonment for a term of less than 5 years under the decision of "Court", according to the order posted on the "Sevastopol City Court" website.

“According to the amendments to the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, which come into force January 1, 2017, the forced labor will be used as an alternative to imprisonment, if the sentence does not exceed 5 years. The court may sentence to forced labor for a crime of minor or moderate severity, or for serious crimes committed for the first time,” the report says.

Due to the fact that, there are no institutions for serving this kind of punishment in the occupied Crimea, the Crimean prisoners will be sent to the Stavropol region of the RF.

In connection with this decision, the experts of the Crimean Human Rights group drew attention to the fact that transportation of the Crimean residents to serve their sentence outside the peninsula is a flagrant violation of paragraph 1 of Article 49 of the Geneva Convention of August 12, 1949 on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. This statement appeared on the website of the human rights organization.

Reference: In accordance with Part 1 of Art. 49 of the Geneva Convention of August 12, 1949 on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, for whatsoever reasons transporting as well as deportations of protected persons is prohibited from the occupied territory to the territory of the occupying power or to that of any other state whether occupied by them or not.

December 17, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that the resolution "On the human rights situation in the Crimea", not only serves as a political instrument, and still aims to "pull" the United Nations Commission for the human rights and humanitarian organizations to the  Crimea. The resolution itself was adopted by the 65th plenary session of the UN General Assembly on December 19, by a majority vote of countries delegates.

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