Ukraine

Following the arrival of ununiformed Russian troops and an internationally unrecognised referendum held on 16 March 2014, the Crimean Peninsula declared independence and requested to join Russia. Civil Rights Defenders has been monitoring the situation in Ukraine ever since the outbreak of the conflict. Both sides of the conflict have repeatedly violated international humanitarian law and caused extreme hardship for the civilian population. Independent observers estimate that over 9,000 have died, an additional 2,5 million people have been displaced in and outside of Ukraine.

Read about the current human rights situation in our country report Human rights in Ukraine.

Stop the Harassment of Human Rights Lawyers in Crimea

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Civil Rights Defenders is concerned by the recent actions of Russian security services to harass, detain, and charge innocent human rights lawyers in the annexed territory of Crimea. The government of the Russian Federation and the de facto local authorities of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea must stop the persecution of independent human rights lawyers Emil Kurbendinov and Nikolay Polozov, and foreign governments and international actors must hold Russia to account.

Human rights in Ukraine

Following the arrival of ununiformed Russian troops and an internationally unrecognised referendum held on 16 March 2014, the Crimean Peninsula declared independence and requested to join Russia. Civil Rights Defenders has been monitoring the situation in Ukraine ever since the outbreak of the conflict. Both sides of the conflict have repeatedly violated international humanitarian law and caused extreme hardship for the civilian population. Independent observers estimate that over 9,000 have died, an additional 2,5 million people have been displaced in and outside of Ukraine.