In 2019, CrimeaSOS recorded the largest number of criminal cases against Crimean Tatars since the beginning of the occupation. The number of violations of freedom of religion and the right to peaceful assembly has increased significantly in the course of the year. Russian border guards in occupied Crimea unreasonably detain activists that are crossing the administrative border between Crimea and mainland Ukraine and try to force Ukrainian citizens to agree to confidential cooperation with the Russian
authorities. There is a distinct tendency toward militarization in the education of Crimean schoolchildren. The occupying authorities deny Crimeans the right to receive education in their native language. The occupying authorities violate Crimeans’ right to freely access information. The Russian Federation is
trying to change the demographics of occupied Crimea.
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