The report notes that human rights violations involving torture and other ill-treatment perpetrated by law enforcement agencies continued in Crimea. It is particularly concerning that, in all documented cases in which victims made credible complaints to the courts and law enforcement authorities, no perpetrator was held accountable.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet emphasizes that there are concerns about inadequate conditions of detention in Crimea, which could amount to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

“The ongoing criminalization of freedom of expression on social media is also worrisome, with journalists and media workers continuing to face interference with their professional activities,” Bachelet underscores.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights pledges to continue to monitor the human rights situation in Crimea, and stands ready to engage with the Russian Federation, as the occupying Power, as well as with Ukraine, in order to strengthen protection of human rights on the peninsula and throughout the country.