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Server Mustafayev

HRD & Coordinator
Crimean Solidarity

Server Mustafayev is a Tatar human rights defender and the coordinator of Crimean Solidarity, a civil society initiative created after the occupation of the Crimean peninsula by the Russian Federation and the repression of dissenting voices. Crimean Solidarity, created by the families of those imprisoned for opposing the occupation, has expanded quickly. It now monitors and documents human rights violations, provides legal aid, observes trials, and provides assistance - including financial - to families. Crimean Solidarity focuses mainly on providing support to the Crimean Tatar community, which has been particularly targeted by the Russian authorities.

The environment for the work of human rights defenders (HRDs) in the Russian Federation is difficult, especially for those who defend and promote the rights of LGBTI people, ethnic and religious minorities, refugees, as well as activists of the North Caucasus and the unlawfully annexed Crimean Peninsula. HRDs are often subjected to acts of harassment, surveillance, physical attacks, threat, raids and searches on their offices and homes, slander and smear campaigns, judicial harassment, arbitrary detention, and ill-treatment, as well as violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly. There have also been cases where HRDs have been murdered as a result of their work.