Grave human rights abuses occurring in Crimea, UN finds


Russia violates the rights of annexed Crimean peninsula residents with impunity, employing arbitrary detentions, forced disappearances and torture, a UN report published on Monday states:

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) accused Russian “state agents” of grave human rights violations in Monday’s report. At least one extrajudicial killing was documented on the Black Sea peninsula, the OHCHR said. “Failure to prosecute these acts and ensure accountability has denied victims proper remedy and strengthened impunity, potentially encouraging the continued perpetration of human rights violations,” the report states. “The judiciary has failed to uphold the rule of law and exercise proper administration of justice.”

The latest book by Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian Anne Applebaum, Red Famine: Stalin’s War On Ukraine, sheds new light on one of the seminal events in Ukrainian history – the deadly famine of 1932-33 that Ukrainians call the Holodomor. Some 4 million Ukrainians were killed in a famine that was engineered by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin to eliminate a perceived threat to central Soviet power. RFE/RL Russian Service correspondent Natalya Golitsina spoke with Applebaum [a board member of the National Endowment for Democracy] about this tragedy and the role it continues to play in Ukraine’s relations with Russia.

Lantos Rule of Law Lecture with Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Founder of Open Russia and former Chairman and CEO of YUKOS

In conversation with Terrence Hopmann, Professor of International Relations, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Members of U.S. Congress.

Moderated by Katrina Lantos Swett, President, Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 4:30-6:00 pm Kenney Herter Auditorium, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036


This event will be on the record and open to the media. For disability accommodations, please contact event organizer at

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