Human Rights Abuses in Russian Occupied Crimea

A discussion with:
Andrii Klymenko
Chief Editor, Black Sea News; Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Maidan of Foreign Affairs

Mark Lagon
Freedom House

David Kramer
Senior Director for Human Rights and Human Freedom,
McCain Institute

Representatives of Crimean Tatar Community

Moderated by:
John Herbst
Director, Dinu Patricu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

User-added image

Last March, Russian forces illegally annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea. As the one year anniversary of Crimean annexation approaches, please join the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and Freedom House for a presentation of a monograph Crimea: Human Rights Under Russian Occupation and discussion with the author, Andrii Klymenko, on Thursday, March 5, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Atlantic Council (1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor).

Since Russian occupation, human rights abuses in Crimea have not received wide media attention. But grave and ordinary abuses of basic political, civil, and human rights are part and parcel of daily life on the peninsula.  The report chronicles how the Russian authorities suppress opposition voices to create an “information ghetto” in Crimea. Today, those perceived as disloyal by the Kremlin run the risk of physical harassment, deportation, or imprisonment. By revealing the mechanisms of repression, Mr. Klymenko, an independent journalist and civil rights crusader, makes an important contribution to our understanding of what has happened in Crimea in the year of Russian occupation.   

Please join the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center for a panel discussion moderated by Ambassador John Herbst, and featuring Mark Lagon, President of the Freedom House, and David Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Human Freedom at McCain.