Human Rights Advocates Say there is an Undeclared War being waged against Citizens in Crimea
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Human rights advocates have prepared a report on the persecution of Crimeans by the occupation authorities on the Crimean peninsula.
Euromaidan SOS has prepared a monthly report named “Crimea. Chronicles of Occupation” with the chronological description of the arrests, attacks, interrogations and fabricated hearings.
The first edition of the chronicle tells the story of how life was for Crimeans in the spring as they were living side by side with the occupiers.
“The impetus for the preparation of these chronicles was, on one hand, to challenge the illusion of the international community that, after the first year of the annexation, things are ‘more or less quiet’, and, on the other hand, to address pain felt by Crimeans for whom ‘Crimea is Ukraine’ are not just words to be ignored by the mainland while a war is fought in Donbass, ” says Euromaidan SOS coordinator Olexandra Matviichuk.
Despite the fact that the events in Donbass look more dramatic, the question of Crimea must remain at the top of public priorities, says Crimea SOS coordinator Tamila Tasheva.
“Despite the fact that there is no open warfare in Crimea, an undeclared war against Ukrainian citizens is taking place. Therefore, the Ukrainian government and the international community must make an effort to find effective mechanisms to protect the rights of the Crimean people in the occupied territories,” said Tasheva.
Coordinator of the Committee to Protect the Rights of the Crimean Tatar people Abmezhit Suleymanov notes that Ukraine must support its citizens living in the Crimea, as the occupying power of Crimea “decapitates” the Crimean Tatar people, is trying to establish control of the Mejlis, and condition everyone into a mental framework that is more favorable to the Russian government.
A large number of the documented cases of abuse are related to the harassment of the Crimean Tatar people, who have self-organized and provide non-violent resistance to the occupation. Repressions occur using both legal and extralegal methods.
“We call on international law experts to develop a definition of ‘oppressed peoples’ and to provide the Crimean Tatar people with oppressed status. At present, the Russian state machine creates the conditions for more and more new cases against the Crimean Tatars to be opened in Crimea. In this way, Russia continues the repressions,” states Eskender Bariev, the co-coordinator of the Committee to Protect the Rights of the Crimean Tatar people.
The full text of the report can be found here (Ukrainian).
On April 30, in Kyiv, a presentation took place of the publication “The Fear Peninsula: Chronicle of Occupation and Violation of Human Rights in Crimea,” which tells about the annexation and the human rights violations in the temporarily occupied territories during the past year.