16:58 25.09.2017

Ten people missing in Crimea, only one case investigated - OHCHR

Ten people missing in Crimea, only one case investigated - OHCHR

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has stated that ten people are missing in Crimea, but the disappearance of only one of them is being investigated.

"OHCHR documented 10 cases of persons who disappeared and are still missing," reads a report by OHCHR for the period from February 22, 2014 to September 12, 2017, which was published on Monday.

It notes that out of the ten missing, six are Crimean Tatars, three ethnic Ukrainians and one Russian-Tatar, and all of them are men.

According to the UN, seven of them went missing in 2014, two in 2015 and one in 2016.

As of September 12, of the ten disappearances mentioned, criminal investigations were still ongoing in only one case. They were suspended in six cases due to the inability to identify suspects, and in three cases "no investigative actions have been taken as the disappearances were allegedly not reported."

The first recorded case of enforced disappearance in Crimea occurred on March 3, 2014. The highest number of enforced disappearances in a single month occurred in March 2014, when at least 21 persons were abducted in Crimea. While the majority of victims were released by perpetrators within hours or days, the whereabouts of others are still unknown.

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