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In Crimea serious human rights violations and attacks on minorities and journalists require urgent action

27 October 2014

Strasbourg, 27/10/2014 - “All cases of serious human rights violations that have occurred in Crimea1 since February 2014, including the recent cases of abductions, must be effectively investigated and those responsible held accountable.

Urgent steps must also be taken to ensure minority rights and security, as well as media freedom and journalists’ safety” stated today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, releasing a report on his mission to Kyiv, Moscow and Simferopol carried out from 7 to 12 September 2014, the first in situ assessment by an international institution of the human rights situation in Crimea since March 2014.

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