“Encyclopedia of repressions in Crimea since the annexation by Russia” was presented in Kyiv on December 4. According to QHA correspondent, the most striking cases of offenses in the occupied Crimea were included in the collection.
“We present the most complete collection of offenses in the Crimea, prepared by Crimea SOS. There are no monitoring missions in Crimea, and we do not know what is happening there. This study consists of information about abductions, trials and murders. The persecuted communities are also described, they are the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians,” said Gabriele Baumann, Head of the Representative Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Ukraine.
In turn, the Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for Affairs of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev said that information about lawlessness in the Crimea should be thoroughly collected because it does not lie on the surface.
“Even when a child disappears, the parents are afraid to testify so that nothing happens to another child. To do such work, one needs to put a lot of effort and scrupulousness. I want to tell the Crimeans that they do not need to be afraid. You need to shout for the whole world to have more guarantees that you will save your own and other children as well. Our main task is to dispel the lies of Russian propaganda for the world community, to show the real cases of human rights violations," he emphasized.
Representative of the United Nations Monitoring Mission on Human Rights Mark Bozhanik notes that at present it is difficult to trace the human rights situation in Crimea due to the lack of access to the peninsula.
“How do we monitor the situation in the Crimea? We come up with creative approach: we talk to people who go there, talk with lawyers who know what's going on there. At the same time, we do everything to ensure that our sources are anonymous. There are four key issues for us: the deterioration of human rights in the Crimea due to the fact that the peninsula was in the legal field of Russia; the occupation restricted the place for criticism; the Crimean Tatars suffered from occupation; the offenses remain impunity. Such research is just the first step," he said.
According to Evhenia Andreyuk, Deputy Coordinator of the Crimean SOS NGO, the report focuses on the most serious violations.
"This report is limited, we focus on the most serious offenses, such as torture, murder, politically motivated trials, and so on," she said.
She went on saying that the Encyclopedia of Repression appeared as a reaction to an international analysis of the situation in the occupied Crimea.