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Crimean Tatar Activists’ Persecution By the Occupation Authorities On the Peninsula

21.07 12:02

Since the beginning of the occupation self-proclaimed government of Crimea has been exerting a constant pressure on citizens who express their disagreement with the authorities or shows pro-Ukrainian position.

During the annexation of Crimea cases of killings and abductions of Crimean Tatar activists and ordinary citizens were recorded. Namely, this includes abduction and murder of activist Reshat Ametov; arson of the hotel, owned by the Crimean Tatars; abduction of Abu Yusuf, who was later expelled from the peninsula; abduction of Nuri Suleymanov; the kidnapping and murder of Edem Asanov; kidnapping 19-year Islyam Dzhepparov and 23-year-old Cevdet Islyamov on 27 September.

In addition occupation authorities launched reprisals against Crimean citizens who took part in the events of May 3, when the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev was not allowed to enter the Crimea. In particular, 13 May Crimean court took into consideration 55 cases involving 49 Crimean Tatars.

Also, in Crimea occupation authorities prohibit mass events on the occasion of the Crimean Tatar holidays and memorable dates. In particular, 16 May 2014 occupation authorities of Crimea prohibited peaceful gatherings until 6 June (the decision was made two days before the 18 May, memorable date for the Crimean Tatars). 19 August 2014 Crimean Tatars were forbidden to hold mourning rally after the European Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Stalinism and Nazism.

Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, which played an important role in solving the problems of the indigenous population of the Crimea, was closed. The property of Majlis was confiscated by occupation authorities.

In addition Crimean security forces regularly detain Crimean Tatar people, conduct searches in the homes of the Crimean Tatars, madrasahs and mosques. At the same time, as noted by human rights activists, security forces did not pay enough attention to investigating crimes against Crimean Tatars. In particular, this claim was confirmed by the representatives of the Turkish delegation that was sent to the Crimea to study the situation of the Crimean Tatars.

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