Embassy of Ukraine to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Foreign Office video with Ukrainian human rights activist Maria Tomak on human rights abuses in Crimea and Donbas

19 March, 17:51

5 years after Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, brave activists like Maria Tomak work to expose human rights abuses such as illegal detention, kidnappings and torture in Crimea and Donbas.


Maria Tomak:

Everyone should just remember that there is a WAR in Europe currently and that people are dying.

And that people are held in our Europe, in our HOME in the basements they are tortured.

And that it shouldn’t be like this.

When we say about human rights violations in Crimea and in Donbas we’re talking about human rights violations which are going on in Europe.

There are over 70 known cases of illegally detained political prisoners and reports of arbitrary arrests and kidnappings leaving many children without their fathers.

Crimea suffers from the violation of the conventional human rights, fundamental human rights like the right to life, right to freedom from torture, right to a fair trial.

Every Thursday in Crimea, in Crimean Tatar communities Russian FSB make searches.

So you can imagine how people live if they expect someone can knock your door and just take away your husband or your father.

What we can do is to show them that it is not okay to torture people, to kidnap people and to cover all this system.