Russia violates human rights on Crimea, UN report says

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 27.9.2017 15:51

On Monday 25 September, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, called on Moscow to abide by international law and respect its responsibilities as an occupying force on the Crimean peninsula.

The Commissioner responded to a UN investigation which describes a significant deterioration in human rights on the Crimean Peninsula following the Russian annexation. The report also mentions cases of arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, deportations, and torture. Investigations took place in the form of interviews held on Ukrainian territory, as UN staff were not allowed access to the Crimean peninsula. Given Russia’s right to veto in the UN, any measures against Russia can’t be enforced. The EU, along with other states, has thus responded by imposing its own sanctions, which have recently been renewed. It seems that these steps taken along with other economic factors have led to a reduction in Russia’s defence budget, which will limit the modernisation of the Russian army.

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