The United Nations Monitoring Mission reported that during the period from mid-August to mid-November this year Russian security officials arrested 49 Crimean Tatars in the annexed Crimea.

The Chairman of the United Nations Monitoring Mission for Human Rights in Ukraine Fiona Frazer provided the corresponding information during the presentation of the 20th report on the situation with human rights in Ukraine for the period from August 16 to November 15, 2017.

“These human rights violations affect the Crimean Tatars. During the reporting period, 49 Crimean Tatars were arrested and spent some time in custody," Frazer said.

In particular, she noted that after the searches in the homes of Crimean Tatars, 10 people were arrested on charges of organizing or participating in an extremist organization. Another 9 Crimean Tatars, who demonstrated their solidarity with the arrested, were detained as well.

Frazer further stated that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, based on the resolutions of the UN General Assembly, continues to observe, as well as document and report on facts related to the human rights situation in the Crimea.

The representative of the UN also noted that in November only, Russian security forces in the Crimea had conducted 18 searches in the homes of Crimean Tatars.

Following the Russian annexation in Crimea, mass searches of independent journalists, civil activists, activists of the Crimean Tatar national movement, members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, and Crimean Muslims, suspected of links with the banned organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, have increased in the Crimea.

International organizations recognized the occupation and annexation of the Crimea as illegal and condemned the actions of the Russian Federation. Western countries have introduced a number of economic sanctions. Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it "the restoration of historical justice." The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared the date of the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia on February 20, 2014.

Earlier, QHA reported that the UN Monitoring Mission on Human Rights in Ukraine observed a reduction in the number of casualties among civilians in the Donbas, but noted that during the whole period of the conflict, 2.5 thousand civilians were killed.

According to the report the number of victims decreased by 48% compared to the previous reporting period (May 16 - August 15, 2017).