Today, a new issue of ‘Crimea: Chronicles of Occupation’ periodical report dealing with violations of human rights in the annexed Crimea, was symbolically presented on the International Human Rights Day, December 10.

The human rights situation in Crimea is worsening with every passing day. Since the beginning of the civil blockade the persecutions on the peninsula have increased: searches of Crimeans’ houses, non-admission of lawyers to the places of search, website closures and harassment of journalists. In addition to well-known cases ‘February 26’, Ilchenko and ‘Hizb ut-Tahrir’, new cases have been initiated. 

“We have been monitoring the situation since March this year. At least 150 questionings, 100 searches and detentions have been recorded on the temporarily occupied peninsular for 10 months. A total of 30 court sessions out of 70 has been held in the last three months. In fact, the repressive system enhances every day trying to destroy all forms of dissent in Crimea,” said Maria Lysenko, coordinator of Center for Civil Liberties project and volunteer of EuroMaidan SOS initiative. 

Activists involved into the Center for Civil Liberties project have repeatedly appealed to Ukrainian authorities with regard to numerous human rights violations in the occupied Crimea.

“We have sent inquiries to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine and received answers on initiated criminal investigations into abduction of persons we consider to be missing. Moreover, the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the Prosecutor General's Office have opened a criminal investigation into disappearance, kidnapping and unlawful deprivation of liberty for Ukrainians or Crimean Tatars alike,” she said.

According to Maria Lysenko, the report contains information in English, and thus may be available both for Ukrainians and foreigners.