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26.05.2017

Crimean Tatar rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov wins major human rights award

Emil Kurbedinov, a tireless advocate for all those facing politically motivated persecution in occupied Crimea, has become Front Line Defenders’ 2017 Laureate of the Human Rights Defenders at Risk Award. The honour is truly well-deserved, although Emil himself considers it recognition of the work done by all lawyers and human rights defenders in Crimea. | detail

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26.05.2017

Russia afraid to call key defence witness in political trial of Crimean Tatar leader

A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has rejected the defence’s application for Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Refat Chubarov to give testimony in the ongoing ‘trial’ of Chubarov’s Deputy, Akhtem Chiygoz. | detail

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26.05.2017

Ukraine moves to support political prisoners held in Crimea & Russia and their families

A very welcome legislative initiative, if passed into law, will give formal recognition to the political prisoners held in occupied Crimea and Russia, and financial assistance to their families. Donbas at present does not appear to be included, which is one of many issues that needs to be considered | detail

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25.05.2017

Russia incriminates itself at Hague Court through persecution for Crimean Tatar flag

Russia’s extraordinary bans, arrests and harassment of Crimean Tatars seeking only to honour the victims of the Deportation are further incriminating evidence for the International Court of Justice | detail

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24.05.2017

One Year of Not Knowing: Where is abducted Crimean Tatar Activist Ervin Ibragimov?

On May 24 exactly one year will have passed since Crimean Tatar activist Ervin Ibragimov was abducted close to his home in Bakhchysarai. Despite video footage of the abduction and international demands, the de facto authorities under Russian occupation have done nothing to find the young man or those who seized him. | detail

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23.05.2017

On Trial in Occupied Crimea for Upholding Russian territorial borders

The trial begins on May 31 of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov who could face a 5-year prison sentence for saying that Russia must leave Crimea and Donbas. This is the second such trial in Russian-occupied Crimea where Ukrainian journalist Mykola Semena is facing essentially identical charges. | detail

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22.05.2017

Ukraine’s Law on the Status of the Crimean Tatar People should seriously worry Russia

A bill now before Ukraine’s parliament can, according to Crimean Tatar leader Refat Chubarov, finally end any dispute as to whom Crimea rightly belongs to. | detail

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19.05.2017

Slain Crimean Tatar Symbol of Struggle against Russian Invasion Declared Hero of Ukraine

Reshat Ametov wanted his three children to grow up in a free Ukraine. When others were too fearful to join him in a peaceful demonstration against Russia’s invasion of Crimea, the 39-year-old Crimean Tatar came out in solitary protest.  He was abducted by armed paramilitaries from outside the Crimean parliament and savagely tortured to death. | detail

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19.05.2017

Russia detains Crimean Tatars for honouring the victims of the Deportation

Russian police and FSB marked the 73rd anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatar People with detentions and harassment of people, many elderly, gathered in prayer | detail

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18.05.2017

“What was done to you in 1944 has a name. It was genocide”

The words above were spoken by a great Ukrainian Petro Grigorenko when he addressed Crimean Tatars exiled in Moscow in 1968, almost 25 years after the Deportation. Nearly 50 years later, Crimean Tatars are once again exiled or persecuted, and Grigorenko’s advice on demanding their rights and accepting no less, just as poignantly relevant. | detail

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17.05.2017

Russia demands increase to 12-year sentence against Crimean Tatar political prisoner

It seems that Russia’s FSB are determined to get the 17-year sentence against Ruslan Zeytullaev they need for their paperwork, however many ‘trials’ are required. Meanwhile the 31-year-old father of three is again on hunger strike in protest at the 12-year sentence and ongoing persecution of Crimean Tatars | detail

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16.05.2017

Crimeans demand reinstatement of school education in Ukrainian

Following the International Court of Justice’s order that Russia remove impediments to the use of Ukrainian in Crimean schools, Ukrainians in Sevastopol have been told that Ukrainian is not a state language and that lessons can only be extra-curricular. | detail

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15.05.2017

Even Remembrance of the Crimean Tatar Deportation prohibited in Russian-occupied Crimea

Crimean Tatars are for the fourth time facing bans and likely arrests on the 73rd anniversary of the Deportation in 1944 of the entire Crimean Tatar people from their homeland | detail

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12.05.2017

How Russia fights religious ‘dissidents’ in occupied Crimea

Russia’s imprisonment of Muslim Aliev and 18 other Crimean Muslims on invented ‘terrorism’ charges may be less overtly political than the trial of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and other opponents of annexation. The aim, however, seems just as clearly to crush dissent, with those targeted also facing horrifically long prison sentences for nothing. . | detail

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11.05.2017

Speak out for those whom Russia stops from being at Eurovision

Spare a thought - and some time for the initiative #NoEurovisionFor for the 44 Ukrainian political prisoners who cannot be at the Eurovision competition currently underway in Kyiv, nor even see it from their prisons in Russia, or Russian-occupied Crimea | detail

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10.05.2017

Challenge Putin’s Lies about imprisoned Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

It is exactly three years since Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian filmmaker and single father, was arrested in Simferopol, shortly after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea. His trial and 20-year-sentence have been condemned by the entire international community, yet Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps repeating the same narrative, that Sentsov was tried and convicted of ‘terrorism’ | detail

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10.05.2017

20 years for opposing Russian occupation of Crimea is worse than Soviet – Please Help #FreeSentsov!

It is three years since Oleg Sentsov’s two children saw their father, and could be another 17 years if Russian President Vladimir Putin has his way. There are levers to put pressure on Putin and on those Russians who collaborate in torturing and imprisoning innocent Ukrainians and your help is vital! | detail

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09.05.2017

Instilling Terror: More Armed Searches & Abduction-like Arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea

The key element in any attempts to terrorize the population is uncertainty: it should be unclear who will be the next victim – it could be you or your family. On May 8, armed Russian officers came for the son of a well-known regional Mejlis leader and another Crimean Tatar, Server Yusuf, who appears to have been taken to Russia after what looks much more like an abduction than an ‘arrest’. | detail

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08.05.2017

Russia refuses to obey UN Court order to stop persecution of Crimean Tatar Mejlis

Russia is both distorting the substance of the recent International Court of Justice judgement on occupied Crimea, and refusing to stop its extraordinary criminalization of the Mejlis, or self-governing body of the Crimean Tatar people. It is also simply ignoring the order regarding education in Ukrainian | detail

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05.05.2017

Children taught to glorify war and the invader in Russian-occupied Crimea

Children waving machine guns or ‘thanking’ a monument to the Russian soldiers who invaded Crimea are more than tasteless Russian propaganda performances. Russia’s occupation of Crimea has brought not only political repression, but also war propaganda and the deliberate militarization of public awareness, with children particularly targeted. | detail

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