Amnesty International, an international human rights organization, published its annual report and mentioned the deteriorating human rights situation in occupied Crimea, reports Deutsche Welle.
The report says that Russian authorities took control of the media and are accusing and increasingly large number of citizens of criticizing the official policy or spreading allegedly extremist materials.
“Russian laws are now applied in Crimea and that means that human rights and freedoms are under threat there,” said Marie Lucas, expert on Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International.
Among other examples, the report mentions the case of Russian activist Rafis Kashapov, who sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for criticizing Russia’s role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the treatment of Crimean Tatars in Russian-occupied Crimea.
“Crimean Tatars are discriminated especially strongly, their rallies are regularly dismissed, politically motivated criminal cases are filed against representatives of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis,” says the article Deutsche Welle.