The authorities of the Russian Federation subjected the Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars in the Crimea to systematic harassment and discrimination, the USA notes. Freedom of speech, Crimean Tatar media and independent non-governmental organizations are suppressed on the peninsula.
The United States of America accused Russia of suppressing dissent and oppression of Crimean Tatars and pro-Ukrainian activists in the Crimean anecdote. This is stated in the annual report on the observance of human rights, published on the website of the US State Department on Wednesday, April 13.
The Russian authorities deprived Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars on the peninsula of “the ability to speak out for their nationality and ethnicity” and subjected them to “systematic harassment and discrimination,” the State Department said.
Studies for the year 2015 show that the Crimean Tatars who oppose the Russian occupation were subjected to violence, arbitrary arrest, they were also denied the right to a fair trial and self-expression.
The Crimean authorities suppress freedom of speech, Crimean Tatar media and independent non-governmental organizations, the report says.
At the same time, those who refused to accept Russian citizenship face discrimination in gaining access to education, health care and work.
Recall that Russia annexed the Crimea in 2014 after a referendum that was not recognized by the international community, in particular the United Nations, the United States and the European Union, as well as contradicted Ukrainian legislation.