Amnesty International: enforced disappearances Crimean Tatar activists can be involved “Pro-militia”

In the occupied Crimea were not carried out effective investigations into six cases of alleged enforced disappearances of Crimean Tatar activists in 2014, and one confirmed case of abduction, torture and murder. This occurred, despite extensive evidence, including video recordings, from which it is safe to conclude that at least some of these crimes involved “Pro-militia” of the so-called “self-defense forces of Crimea”.

This is stated in the text of the annual report of Amnesty International about human rights in the world in 2015-2016.

It is noted that the so-called leadership of the occupied Crimea after the annexation by Russia in 2014, had restricted freedom of expression, Assembly and Association. Those who openly sympathized with Ukraine, has taken severe steps. The most affected of the Crimean Tatars. Their public events have been banned; the media, who worked in the Crimean Tatar language, were forced to close; leaders regularly passed searches in houses, against them criminal cases were brought, and placed under arrest on politically motivated charges.

Continued repression of the representative body elected by the members of the community of the Majlis of the Crimean Tatar people. Its current leader Akhtem Chiygoz was arrested January 29 on charges of organizing mass riots on February 26, 2014. The actual leadership of the Crimea repeatedly warned that the Mejlis may be declared an extremist organisation by the Russian legislation. The two previous leaders of the Mejlis, Mustafa Jemilev and Refat Chubarov still officially not allowed Home.

The so-called Crimean Prosecutor announced that Chubarov may return after the court in Simferopol on 6 October issued a warrant for his arrest for “inciting the implementation of actions aimed at violation of territorial integrity of the Russian Federation”, emphasized in the text of the report.

The ATR channel, working in the Crimean Tatar language, was forced to cease broadcasting on 1 April.

In violation of international humanitarian rights of the Crimean activists – opponents of the occupation of Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko are judged outside of Crimea. Process their cases took place under Russian law, a military court in Rostov-on-don (southern Russia), which sentenced them to 20 and 10 years imprisonment respectively on charges of terrorism, disproportionate to the offense. The trial was unfair and was based on statements allegedly extracted under torture, said Amnesty International.

Related news: In Crimea are searches of Crimean Tatars.

Recall that Sentsov sent to serve his sentence in Yakutia, but not in Irkutsk.