U.S. Department of State publishes annual report on human rights violations in Crimea, Donbas

Crimean Tatars
Canan Kevser
31 March 2021, 12:01
Canan Kevser
31 March 2021, 12:01

Russian occupying power continues to commit significant human rights violations in Ukrainian territories of Crimea and Donbas, including arbitrary killings, torture, and various forms of persecution.

This is stated in the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices releasedby the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State.

"Russian occupation authorities in Crimea reportedly continued to engage in widespread violence against and harassment of Crimean Tatars and pro-Ukrainian activists in response to peaceful opposition to Russian occupation," the statement reads.

Regarding Russia-occupied Crimea, the report points out the ongoing forced disappearances and abductions; torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of detainees to extract confessions and punish persons resisting the occupation; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary arrest or detention; political prisoners or detainees.

It also discusses serious problems with the independence of the judiciary; arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy; serious restrictions on free expression, the press, and the internet, including violence, threats of violence, or unjustified arrests or prosecutions against journalists, censorship, and site blocking.

According to the report, human rights violations in Crimea include substantial interference with freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association; severe restrictions of religious freedom; serious restrictions on freedom of movement; restrictions on political participation, including unelected governments and elections that were not genuine, free, or fair.

The U.S. state bureau published an individual report on Ukraine which includes rights violations committed by Russia in occupied Donbas.

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements.