Russians in Crimea are accused of human rights violations
Russia is committing "grave human rights violations" in Crimea, according to a report by the United Nations.The Russian reaction seems evasive. By suggesting that the report was "unjust and biased" it did not respond to the central point. Did those things actually happen and if so do the Russians think they are OK or necessary to control the area they took from Ukraine?
The UN human rights agency says it has documented arbitrary arrests, torture and at least one extra-judicial execution in the region.
"There is an urgent need for accountability," UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said.
Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine after the country's pro-Russian leader was overthrown in 2014.
According to the Interfax news agency, Russia's human rights ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova dismissed the report as "an unjust and biased assessment of the human rights situation in Crimea".
A Crimean official also complained that the account was not objective and did not reflect reality.
The report cites "grave human rights violations, such as arbitrary arrests and detentions, enforced disappearances, ill-treatment and torture, and at least one extra-judicial execution".
It adds that there have been "intrusive law enforcement raids of private properties" which "interfered with [the] right to privacy".
The document, which says the human rights situation has "significantly deteriorated" in the region, notes that hundreds of prisoners were illegally transferred from Crimea to Russian jails.
It says civil servants were forced to renounce their Ukrainian citizenship or face losing their jobs, and condemned Moscow's decision to replace Ukrainian laws with Russian ones.