Hear from Ukrainian civil society organisations sharing new wide-ranging research and documentation on human rights violations in Crimea as well as the human rights implications for increasing militarisation of the peninsula.

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Even prior to Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Ukrainian and international human rights organisations reported severe violations of human rights in occupied Crimea; including, enforced disappearances, torture, extrajudicial punishment, and politically motivated persecution and deprivation of liberty. Occupied Crimea was consistently ranked as unfree on global freedom indices and annual United Nations General Assembly resolutions pointed to on-going human rights abuses on the peninsula.

In the six months since the start of Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine, occupied Crimea remains a location of severe human rights violations and increasing militarisation by Russian authorities. As of July 26, 2022, at least 127 citizens of Ukraine have been deprived of liberty due to politically and/or religiously motivated criminal prosecution. Increasingly draconian laws limiting the freedoms of assembly, association, and expression and opinion in Russia continue to be applied in occupied Crimea.

At the 51st session, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry established by the Council at HRC49 will provide an oral update to the Council. The Council will also receive a quarterly update from the High Commissioner.

This side event was co-organised by CCE Almenda, Crimean Human Rights Group, FIDH, Human Rights House Crimea, Human Rights House Foundation, International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, Regional Centre for Human Rights, ZMINA, as well as the permanent missions to the UN Geneva of Australia, Czechia, Estonia, Germany, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States.