Russia is committing “grave human rights violations” in Crimea: United Nations

Russia is committing “grave human rights violations” in Crimea, according to a report by the United Nations.

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.

There was no immediate response from Russia to the report’s accusations.

“Grave human rights violations, such as arbitrary arrests and detentions, enforced disappearances, ill-treatment and torture, and at least one extra-judicial execution were documented,” the report says.

It adds that there have been “intrusive law enforcement raids of private properties” which “interfered with [the] right to privacy”.

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