Crimean Tatar women in the occupied Crimea are systematically pressured – Bariieva

November 18, 2021

The manager of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Zarema Bariieva, in an interview with the Black Sea TV and Radio Company, spoke about the situation with the violation of the rights of Crimean Tatar women in the occupied Crimea.

“The Crimean Tatar woman played the main role in the family, because the upbringing of children lay on her shoulders. A Crimean Tatar woman has always fought alongside men to return to her historical homeland”,- she said.

According to the representative of the CTRC, today, women continue their struggle for the right to live in their historical homeland. But it is worth noting that those women who were forced to leave Crimea and leave their homes are also waging their own struggle. For example, one of the highest chairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is occupied by a Crimean Tatar woman who worthily represents the indigenous people at international venues.

It is important to emphasize that Crimean Tatar women in the occupied Crimea are systematically pressured. The most vulnerable group on the peninsula is the families of political prisoners of Crimea, who were left without male support: 64 wives, 119 mothers, 98 daughters.

“These are the wives and mothers of political prisoners who go out to solitary pickets, come under the courthouses in order to support their relatives. For this, the occupiers detain them, issue warnings, and fine them”,- said the manager of the CTRC.

The CTRC systematically informs about violations of women's rights in the occupied Crimea and provides this information to the general public both in Ukraine and abroad.

At the moment, the CTRC has recorded the following offenses against women:

18 searches;

3 attempts to bring to criminal responsibility;

2 arrests in absentia;

5 prosecutions;

1 enforced disappearance;

2 cases of pressure on lawyers;

In addition, 12 women’s deaths were recorded during the occupation of Crimea.