Russian Federation/Ukraine: Rights Defender Imprisoned and Ill-Treated: Sever Mustafayev

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Server 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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  • The Moskali must not be allowed to redefine terrorism. We have seen this movie before. This isn’t the fist time they persecuted the Tartars simply because they are Tartars living on their ancestral lands. The judges should laugh at the attempt at trying to make something out of nothing, but these aren’t judges, they are Kremlin puppets.

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    • The judge’s independence and integrity is only possible in a system where state powers are strictly separated with an appropriate mechanism of checks and balances.
      In a country with a centralized and authoritarian party rule, the judges are simply an extended hand of the executive branch, or even more precise, the party’s agents in the field of judiciary.

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