Crimea: Finalists for the 2017 Front Line Defenders Award come from Ukraine, Nicaragua, Vietnam, South Africa and Kuwait

March 31, 2017

The Jury has selected human rights defenders from Ukraine, Nicaragua, Vietnam, South Africa and Kuwait as finalists for the 2017 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk:

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Emil Kurbedinov, Crimea/Ukraine

Emil Kurbedinov is a Crimean Tatar and human rights lawyer. Since the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, Emil has been defending the persecuted Crimean Tatar minority, civil society activists and journalists. He also provides emergency response and documentation of rights violations during raids and searches of activists’ homes. In January 2017, masked representatives from Crimea’s Centre for Counteracting Extremism detained Emil and took him to a local directorate of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) for interrogation. A district court found him guilty of “propagandizing for extremist organisations” and sentenced him to ten days in detention.

Finalists for the 2017 Front Line Defenders Award come from Ukraine, Nicaragua, Vietnam, South Africa and Kuwait

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/2017-front-line-defenders-award-human-rights-defenders-risk

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-landrights-award-idUSKBN172290

http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1490737304

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/03/17-hr-declaration-crimea/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/03/22/human-rights-council-urge-parties-eastern-ukraine-protect-civilians-fighting-resumes

https://www.kyivpost.com/business/russian-held-crimea-lawyer-fights-repression-crimean-tatars.html

http://qha.com.ua/tr/toplum/avukat-kurbedinov-insan-haklari-odulune-aday/154137/ (TURKISH)

http://qha.com.ua/tr/toplum/kirim-da-isgalcilerin-avukatlara-baskisi-durmak-bilmiyor/154055/ (TURKISH)

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