UN: 43 cases of forced disappearances documented in Crimea, 11 persons still missing

Crimean Tatars
Canan Sarıtepe
01 April 2021, 12:49
Canan Sarıtepe
01 April 2021, 12:49

Some 43 cases of enforced disappearances were recorded in the Russia-occupied Crimean peninsula.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) wrote this in a reportrecently published on its official website.

According to the report, Since the beginning of the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol in 2014, OHCHR has documented 43 cases of enforced disappearances in Crimea, including 39 men and 4 women.

The forced disappearings mostly took the form of abductions and kidnappings, the report explained.

"The first documented enforced disappearance took place on 3 March 2014 and the most recent on 23 May 2018. Out of the 43 victims of enforced disappearances, 11 persons (all men) remain missing and one man remains in detention," OHCHR revealed.

The report emphasised that alleged perpetrators comprised militia groups, such as the Crimean self-defense and Cossack groups; agents of the Russian Federal Security Service; and other law enforcement authorities, including the Crimean police.

"Perpetrators have used torture and ill-treatment to force victims to self-incriminate or testify against others, as well as retaliation for their political affiliation or position," it added.

OHCHR also pointed out that no individual has been prosecuted in relation to any of the enforced disappearances, as well as torture and ill-treatment.