Russian Federation/Ukraine: Rights Defender Imprisoned and Ill-Treated: Sever Mustafayev
People who have opposed the Crimean Peninsula’s occupation and illegal annexation by Russia and human rights violations committed there since 2014 have faced persecution, including harassment, prosecution under trumped-up charges and enforced disappearances. International human rights monitors do not have access to Crimea and independent media are either banned or forced to shut down.
Server Mustafayev is the founder and coordinator of the grassroots movement Crimean Solidarity in Russian-occupied Crimea. The movement was created on 9 April 2016 in response to political and religious persecution of Crimean Tatars and others by the Russian authorities. The movement brings together activists, lawyers and relatives of those who have been arrested and prosecuted, to ensure they can access legal aid, financial, medical and other vital support. In the absence of free media and in light of persecution of all dissenting voices in Crimea following its illegal annexation by Russia in 2014…
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