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emir usein kuku

Emir Usein Kuku

Crimean Contact Group on Human Rights

Emir Usein Kuku is the Chair of the Crimean Contact Group on Human Rights in Yalta and a member of the Crimean Human Rights Group. The Crimean Contact Group on Human Rights monitors violations of human rights, provides legal assistance to the population, and reports cases of politically-motivated enforced disappearance in Crimea. Prior to his detention in February 2016, Kuku was actively involved in the monitoring and documentation of human rights violations in the Yalta region. He has provided legal assistance and support to members of Muslim ethnic groups such as Crimean Tatars, who are continuously faced with discrimination and political persecution. Emir Usein Kuku was defending their right to religion, assisting in the search for displaced people, and supporting the families of political prisoners.

Human rights defenders, after the political changes brought about by the 'Euromaidan' movement for independence and which led to political and military confrontation with Russia, work in a situation of armed conflict, helping people to survive and move from the conflict affected zones. In addition to established human rights organizations, dozens of new groups and organizations were created to assist more than a million IDPs to settle in new places.

There is not much pressure on human rights defenders from the central government, but risks connected with security increased due to armed conflicts in the east of the country and political confrontation with the current Crimean administration.