“The occupant country is again persecuting and intimidating Crimean Tatars. Searches in the houses of Ukrainian citizens are a gross violation of international norms, including Article 5 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which guarantees everyone the right to privacy, and Article 8 of the Convention – the right to respect for private and family life,” [Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova] wrote.
She called on the international community to respond to the illegal actions of occupation authorities and increase pressure on Russia to stop violations of the rights of Ukrainians in the temporarily occupied Crimea.
“We consider this punitive raid against the leaders of the Mejlis as punishment for participating in the Crimea Platform Summit on August 23, as well as the next repressions of the Russian Federation aimed at intimidating representatives of the Crimean Tatar people and ousting them from the temporarily occupied peninsula,” the Foreign Ministry said.
“We call on the international community to resolutely condemn such illegal actions of the occupying state, to step up pressure on the Russian Federation to stop it gross violations of human rights in the territory of the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, to continue active protection of the rights and freedoms of the inhabitants of the Crimean Peninsula, in particular within the framework of the Crimea Platform,” the ministry said in its comment.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky connects a new wave of detentions of Crimean Tatars in Crimea temporarily occupied by Russia with the start of the Crimea Platform.
“The occupation forces in Crimea are again resorting to persecution of Crimean Tatars. New searches and detentions are taking place in their homes. Nariman Dzhelyal, first deputy head of the Mejlis, has been taken away. This is how the Russian Federation reacts to the start of the Crimea Platform. All detainees must be released!” Zelensky wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
Activists and lawyers perceive arrests as the Kremlin’s continuous persecution of Crimean Tatars for their faith and defiance of the occupation.
“Of course, the real reason for the searches and detentions that took place in Crimea on Sept. 3 and 4… is the Kremlin’s revenge for Ukraine’s successful mobilization of the international community, especially the Crimean Platform’s founding summit to counter Russian aggression against Ukraine and Crimea’s de-occupation,” the head of the Medjlis Refat Chubarov wrote on Facebook.
In 2016, Russia listed the Mejlis as an extremist organization for the use of “propaganda of aggression and hatred towards Russia, inciting ethnic nationalism and extremism in society.”
Most persecuted Crimean Tatars…are thrown to prisons for terrorism and extremism due to their alleged connection to Hizb ut-Tahrir – an islamic organization, which…is banned in Russia.