The UN has found in a report on the situation of human rights in Russian-occupied Crimea that Crimeans have complained about torture from law-enforcement bodies, but possible perpetrators have not been held accountable.
The UN report about the second half of the year 2019 was released in early July on behalf of the UN Secretary General and the UN Human Rights Office as mandated by the UN General Assembly resolution No 74/168.
According to the report, human rights violations involving torture and other ill-treatment perpetrated by law enforcement agencies continued in Crimea in 2019. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights stated: “It is particularly concerning that, in all documented cases in which victims made credible complaints to the courts and law enforcement authorities, no perpetrator was held accountable”.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights also emphasizes that there are concerns about inadequate conditions of detention in Crimea, which could amount to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
“The ongoing criminalization of freedom of expression on social media is also worrisome, with journalists and media workers continuing to face interference with their professional activities,” Bachelet stressed, as quoted by Ukrinform.
Russia illegally occupied the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsular of Crimea in 2014.
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