The situation with human rights violations in the occupied Crimea was discussed in Crimea

December 22, 2022

On Tuesday, December 20, a round table was held on the topic “The situation with human rights in the occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine – Development of events as a result of Russian armed aggression, organized by the Office of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe

On Tuesday, December 20, a round table was held on the topic “The situation with human rights in the occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine – Development of events as a result of Russian armed aggression, organized by the Office of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

This event is aimed at obtaining information for the preparation of the next report of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Maria Pejcinovic-Buric on the situation with human rights violations in the occupied Crimea.

Representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center and other Ukrainian human rights organizations took part in the round table. The speakers discussed violations of human rights and violations of the collective rights of the Crimean Tatar people.

Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, head of the Department of Legal Affairs and Foreign Affairs of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Eskender Bariiev, at the beginning of his speech, presented the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (European Convention on Human Rights) in the Crimean Tatar language, which was previously translated by experts of the CTRC.

“For the Crimean Tatars, human rights are above all: as for Muslims, the Quoran, as for Christians, the Bible, as for Jews, the Talmud. The Crimean Tatars have always respected and given priority to international law in their struggle, including when in 2014 the Russians tried to win over the Crimean Tatars to their side. Of course, the Crimean Tatars could not accept an offer from violators of international law and human rights”,- he stressed.

The Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center informed about the persecution of Ukrainian citizens, including Crimean Tatars, both in Crimea and in the new Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine; on the unlawful application of Russian legislation for the purpose of persecuting people, including new articles of the Code of Administrative Offenses and the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation; about the torture of political prisoners and the use of forced treatment in a psychiatric hospital against a representative of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people Mamed Dovhopolov, who was forcibly placed in a psychiatric hospital for 5 years; persecution of teachers and children and other human rights violations and war crimes.

It was proposed to develop a mechanism for prompt response to violent kidnappings, illegal entry into people’s homes and other recommendations, which can be found out later.

According to Bariiev, the round table was held effectively, the results of this event will be proposals and information that will be reflected in the report of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in the future.