On Tuesday, April 18, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović published a special report on the situation with the violation of the rights of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people in the occupied Crimea.
“Crimean Tatars in Crimea, and especially those who oppose the illegal annexation of Crimea or express dissent on other issues, are subject to numerous serious human rights violations, harassment, discrimination and stigmatization by the Russian occupation authorities. An additional burden is the culture of impunity for such violations that prevails on the peninsula”,- said Dunja Mijatović.
The report details the numerous human rights violations committed against Crimean Tatars, especially after the occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014, as well as Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. In addition, special attention in this report is given to illegal mobilization on the peninsula.
Let us recall that the Crimean Tatar Resource Center closely cooperated with the Commissioner of the Council of Europe for Human Rights, Ms. Dunja Mijatović, and the staff of her office. The experts of the CTRC have repeatedly taken part in thematic meetings, where they talked about the main trends, dynamics and number of offenses on the peninsula during the period of the occupation of Crimea, as well as during the period of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In addition, we paid great attention to the problem of the illegal forced mobilization of Crimean residents into the Russian army to participate in the war against Ukraine.
In February 2023, the CRRC experts provided recommendations for a report on human rights violations, which had already been prepared by the office of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.
We are sincerely grateful to the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Mrs. Dunja Mijatovic, and her colleagues for the work done and for updating the situation with violations of the rights of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people in the occupied Crimea