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Krym SOS watchdog and the Czech Embassy to Ukraine have launched a map showing human rights abuses systemically perpetrated by Russian security services in Crimea, the watchdog’s representatives told a Kiev-held press conference.  According to Alim Aliyev, a co-founder of Krym SOS, the map shows human rights abuses perpetrated since the very first day of annexation.

Launched in Brussels a week ago, the program was meant to remind EU lawmakers of the Crimean problem that was all but forgotten. According to Krym SOS members, 173 human rights abuses were recorded on the map prior to the trip to Belgium, but by the time the watchdog members returned from Brussels their number had increased to 179. Only the most rampant human rights abuses, such as continued pressure on the Mejlis, interrogations and life threats, murders and kidnappings, have been recorded. The next place where the map will be presented will be the European Parliament.

When the press conference was drawing to an end, Sevgil Musayeva-Borovik, a co-founder of Krym-SOS, told a QHA journalist that she expects an international human rights organization, most likely comprised of representatives of different international organizations, to return to Crimea.

According to Editor-in-Chief of Ukrainskaya Pravda online publication, the key factor remains to be negotiations. The lack of clear-cut strategy with respect to Crimea only makes the lives of Crimean Tatars and pro-Ukrainian Crimeans harder, which is why Ukraine should do more to get its territory back.

According to Sevgil Musayeva-Borovik, European MPs are surprised that the issue of Crimea is not discussed during the negotiations in Minsk. She went on to say that the map showing locations where human rights abuses were perpetrated, is now available online.

QHA