The human rights situation in the occupied Russian Crimea remains repressive, the Human Rights Watch reports.
“People, who give up Russian citizenship and preserve the Ukrainian one, face serious difficulties in access to education, employment and social assistance. The authorities do not effectively investigate into enforced disappearances of Crimean Tatar and pro-Ukrainian activists in 2014, reads the report.
It is also noted that the occupation authorities force critics to keep silent, and continue to put pressure on the Crimean Tatars.
“Crimean Tatar ATR TV channel, known for its critical reporting on the occupation of Crimea by Russia, was forced to stop its activities in April 2015 due to the inability to re-register in accordance with Russian legislation, within the time limits set by the authorities. Meydan radio station and Lale TV channel for children, included in the same media holding as ATR TV channel, were also closed. In May, 2015 the Crimean authorities again denied permission to hold public events to mark the anniversary of the deportation of Crimean Tatars (1944) in Simferopol,” says the report.