On the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea, 45 people have gone missing during last six years. The fate of 15 of them remains still unknown.
This was reported in the Representational office of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
“A forced missing is one of the most serious crimes committed by the occupiers, creating an atmosphere of fear, intimidating relatives and friends of the missing person.
Russia commits such crimes both in its territories, when thousands of people in Chechnya became victims of forced missing, and in its occupied territories. Imagine that, before the eyes of relatives, a person is being detained by the law enforcement officials in uniform – state agents – and then this person disappears for everyone: he or she cannot be found either in pre-trial detention facilities, or in the police station or court, a missing person does not appear at home.
And such an uncertainty can last for months and years. The task of the state is to document cases of forced missing, and within the authority, to investigate and involve the international organizations in the search; and also to provide the support the relatives of the missing during this time, which may include not only financial assistance but psychological support and constant access to information of the state of the investigation.
We must remember the names of all the victims of forced missing in our territories, because behind the numbers of 45 and 15 stand real people, and tears, and hopes of tens and thousands of people”, comments the situation Tamila Tasheva, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in AR of Crimea.
Two years ago, in 2018, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the law “On the legal status of the missing persons”.
Currently, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine is forming a Commission for Missing Persons in Special Circumstances. Since the beginning of the Commission’s work, Representational office of the President of Ukraine is planning to bring up an issue of forced missing, which were being held during the period of the occupation in the territories of the AR of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, and to stay in constant contact with the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea on each case of the missing.
We want to recall the names of everyone who is being waited home: