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>> The United Nations has accused Russia of committing quote, grave human rights violations in Crimea, in the time since its annexation from Ukraine. The international body releasing report that details disappearances, torture, and arbitrary arrests under the occupation from 2014. At least one extra-judicial killing was also documented. NGO groups and opponents of Moscow have long alleged abuses in the region.
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But these findings are a first for the UN, because they're the result of an investigation ordered by the general assembly itself, the full body of the UN, in December of last year. That is opposed to smaller, individual UN divisions, which are sometimes accused of political gamesmanship. The UN says Russia barred its investigators from entering Crimea to conduct the inquiry.
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But one of the most widespread abuses, according to the report, was imposing Russian citizenship and law on Crimea's population, a violation of the Geneva Convention if the locals viewed Russia as a hostile force. These demonstrations over summer, for example, were protesting proposed land seizures they said violated property rights already given by Ukraine, the UN report is likely to have little effect.
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Russia holds a veto power on the UN Security Council, which means it can block almost any attempt by the body to hold them to account.>> You've got with