In a report it published today, Human Rights Watch, an international human rights organization, says that human rights climate in Crimea under Russian occupation remains repressive.
“Authorities continue to silence critical voices and pressure Crimean Tatars, the ethnic minority which openly criticizes Russia’s actions in Crimea,” says the report.
Human rights activists also note that Russian authorities continue to do nothing about a number of human rights issues.
“People who decline Russian citizenship and retain their Ukrainian citizenship experience serious difficulties in accessing education, employment opportunities, or social benefits. The authorities did not conduct meaningful investigations into the 2014 enforced disappearances of Crimean Tatar and pro-Ukrainian activists,” says the report.
Another NGO that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights, Freedom House, also published a report today, saying that 2015 was the worst year in the last decade for freedom level in the world and occupied Crimea in particular.