Russian Human Rights Center Demands Immediate Release of 24 Crimean Tatars
The Russian human rights group Memorial has called attention to the unjust detentions of Crimean Tatar people
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Russian Human Rights Center Memorial has called for the immediate release of 24 Crimean Tatars arrested in the annexed Crimea, UNN reports.
“Memorial demands the immediate release of 24 residents of Crimea, calls on Russian civil society and the world community to continue pressure on the Russian authorities with a demand of their release,” a human rights activists said.
“On March 27-28 in Crimea, the most massive wave of detentions of the Crimean Tatars during all the time since the beginning of the occupation of the peninsula took place. After the searches, 24 Crimean Tatars have been detained as suspects in participation in the organization Hizb ut-Tahrir and the organization of its activities,” a human rights activists said.
“Russia is the only country in the world that has declared it this way. Meanwhile, in none of our known criminal cases, in which within Russia and Crimea more than 250 Muslims are deprived of their liberty, there are no signs of terrorism, training, planning, and even discussing terrorist acts, using or planning for the use of weapons and explosives.
“The injustice and illegality of the persecution of Muslims accused of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir is complicated by the fact that in Crimea, according to Ukrainian legislation, this organization is legal. And it is the criminal prosecution and removal of the deprived people of Crimea that violate international humanitarian law and, in this case, these rules are violated especially glaringly: most of the detainees, if not all, have already been taken out of Crimea … We do not know if there were any detainees in any way to Hizb ut-Tahrir, but in this situation, it seems quite possible that this convenient and already familiar accusation has become an instrument for suppressing public solidarity and civic activism of Crimean residents, primarily Crimean Tatars,” a human rights activists said.
The head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov, thanked Human Rights Center Memorial for this statement.
On March 27, Russian security forces searched nearly two dozen Crimean Tatars homes in the village of Strohanivka, Simferopol district, and in the district of Kamianka, Simferopol. During the searches, Russian security forces detained 24 people.