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Report of the International Expert Group. “26 February criminal case”. Part 1

“Report of the International Expert Group. “26 February criminal case”. Part 1

This document is the Part 1 of the International Expert Group Report on the “26 February criminal case and contains reconstruction and legal analysis of the events of 26 February 2014 outside the building of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Simferopol, when two rallies organized by the party “Russian Unity” and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People were held. The reason for the rallies was the decision of the Chairperson of the ARC SC Vladimir Konstantinov to hold an extraordinary session including possible consideration of the status of the Crimean peninsula.

The rallies were followed by the clashes resulting in the stampede in which two people perished and several other protesters were injured. Subsequently, law enforcement agencies of Ukraine opened criminal proceedings on the facts of deaths and physical injuries.

There is no doubt that starting from 21 March 2014 the Russian Federation carried out all forms of the effective control2 over the territory of the Crimean peninsula. In connection with the actual change of jurisdiction from the Ukrainian law to the legislation of the RF starting from the spring of 2014, the above criminal proceedings were continued by law enforcement agencies of Crimea created after the annexation, and requalified in accordance with the RF legislation.

The consequences of the events of February 26 outside the ARC SC in Simferopol and their implications for human rights preconditioned the creation and work of the International Expert Group.

The International Expert Group was formed by the civil society organizations from three countries (Moldova, Poland, Ukraine). The following organizations decided to create the group: the Regional Center for Human Rights; the Resource Center for Human Rights (CReDO); the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union; the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.

The full report may be found at the link. 

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