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ECHR registers ZMINA's complaint against Russia for blocking their website in Crimea

03.02.2023, 15:34

The European Court of Human Rights has registered the complaint by ZMINA Human Rights Center against Russia blocking of the website in Crimea, which was filed in September last year. The ECHR Secretariat notified the organization about this on January 19, ZMINA reports.

According to the editor-in-chief, Olha Padiryakova, since February 24, 2022, their team not only has been reporting on the human rights situation in Ukraine, but also started focusing on Russia's war crimes in Ukraine in the very first days. The website's team also has been monitoring and reporting on human rights violations and key events in Crimea on a daily basis.

Furthermore, in March 2022, the editors launched a Russian-language page of the website, where translated news, articles, and tutorials related to the full-scale invasion, war crimes, and forced mobilization were posted.

According to the head of the ZMINA Human Rights Center, Tetyana Pechonchyk, the website was blocked due to the organization's years-long work in reporting and human rights defense; coverage of the human rights violations in the occupied Crimea, which have been happening since late February 2014; coverage of the grave consequences of Russia's large-scale armed aggression against Ukraine, as well as war crimes and crimes against humanity committed after February 24, 2022.

As IMI reported, in May 2022, Roskomnadzor blocked access to the website of online publication ZMINA in Russia and on the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea.

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