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UN human rights office: Russia violating int'l law in Crimea

UN human rights office: Russia violating int'l law in Crimea

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights office says Russia is violating international law in Crimea, including by imposing Russian citizenship on its people and deliberately transferring hundreds of prisoners and detainees to prisons in Russia.

The report Monday chronicles alleged rights violations and abuses in Crimea 3½ years since Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine, to international outrage and biting U.S. and European Union sanctions against Moscow.

It calls on Russia to "effectively investigate" alleged torture, abductions and killings in Crimea, while decrying denials of access to its own team — and urges the international community to support push for that access.

U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said the imposition of Russian citizenship can be equated to forcing people to "swear allegiance to a power they may consider as hostile."