A corresponding statement was made during a side event "Persecution of Crimean Tatars’ Defenders in Crimea: Attacks on Lawyers, Journalists and Activists" at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
Tamila Tasheva, the coordinator of CrimeaSOS organization, noted that pressure started to be put on Crimean Tatars and active Ukrainian population living on the peninsula after Crimea had been occupied. Thus, the activists and journalists began to leave Crimea and only representatives of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar People stayed on their land. According to her, the activists, relatives of those persecuted and lawyers united in the Crimean Solidarity organization in 2016 but they also began to be oppressed by the occupying power of the Russian Federation.
“Over 80 political prisoners, including more than 60 Crimean Tatars, are held in Crimea now. They all are prosecuted under so-called ‘terrorism’ articles,” Crimean lawyer Emil Kurbedinov stressed.
Of course, these charges are completely trumped-up as the people are being persecuted for their active civic stance, for their views, Kurbedinov emphasized.
He stressed that Russia completely discredited itself in the fight against terrorism, using such an instrument to prosecute undesirable people.
As Kurbedinov noted, the waves of reprisals strengthen with each passing year.
"Ukraine and the international community must make adequate political decisions, adopt appropriate resolutions mentioning all those persecuted by names. The whole world needs to know what is happening in Crimea, which is why it is important to work in political and information directions," said the Crimean lawyer who is also being oppressed in Crimea.
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