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 Human Rights Watch Confirmed Disappearance of Crimean Tatars and Pro-Ukrainian Activists in Crimea

According to international human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW), at least seven people were kidnapped or went missing in Crimea in May 2014.

Five Crimean Tatars and two pro-Ukrainian activists were among them, according to the press release of the organization, published on Tuesday, October 7, Censor.NET reports. The families of the two missing Crimean Tatars claimed they had nothing to do with politics, while the rest were somehow related to the current political events in Crimea. One of the missing men was found hanged October 6.

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"The disappearances are contributing to the atmosphere of fear and hostility in Crimea for anyone who is pro-Ukraine, including Crimean Tatars," HRW representative Yulia Horbunova said. She stressed that "the de-facto authorities need to investigate all potential leads in these disappearances, including whether paramilitary groups or Russian security forces were behind them." The cases of kidnapping and disappearance of the Crimean Tatars in Crimea became common lately. In particular, Islyam Dzhepparov and his cousin Dzhevdet Islyamov disappeared from the village of Saryi-Su, near the town of Belohorsk, on September 27. Their fate remains unknown.

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Leader of the Crimean Tatars Mustafa Cemilev said that 18 representatives of the Crimean Tatar people have been missing since the Russian occupation of Crimea. "15 Tatars have been missing only since the occupation and we have managed to find only one mutilated body. Another three disappeared last week. Specifically, Edem Asanov was the last man disappeared in Yevpatoria September 29. Local authorities have no information about these people," he said. Crimean Tatar Edem Asanov kidnapped on September 29 in Crimea was found dead in Yevpatoria. Earlier Censor.NET reported that Human Rights Watch described the atrocities of terrorists in the Donbas: civilians tortured and sent to prison.

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