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In Crimea, Crimean Tatars and pro-Ukrainian media outlets are being persecuted - Amnesty International

19.03.2015, 21:30

The occupation authority of Crimea is violating the rights of Crimean Tatars, pro-Ukrainian media outlets, and NGOs. This was reported on the briefing of the Amnesty International researcher on Ukraine Krasymir Yankov.

According to him, after Russia’s annexation of Crimea the local occupation authorities are using a wide range of intimidation techniques to suppress dissent. Last year seven persons, of whom six were Crimean Tatars, were abducted and this forced a lot of people to leave the peninsula, and those that stayed now face more pressure from the authorities. The authorities also banned any civil protests and many independent organizations, including Medzhlis of the Crimean Tatar people, and began persecuting members of these organizations. Recently, apartments of parents of local journalists, Anna Andriyevska and Natalia Kokorina, were searched, and Kokorina was detained and interrogated for six hours at the local branch of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation.  

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