Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

Crimean Tatars ignored in Ukraine’s new parliament

Members of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, or representative-executive assembly have expressed disillusionment over the failure by Ukrainian political parties to ensure that Crimean Tatars are represented in the new Ukrainian parliament | detail

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Crimean Tatar activists jailed: Closed court and bizarre charges

Charges on a supposed incident 6 months ago which result in three men being remanded in custody for (at least) two months are already a matter of concern. In this case, the court and prosecution have clearly not even learned their roles, with the charges and the claims of ‘Right Sector’ involvement and extremism seeming unrelated. | detail

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Crimean Tatar activist arrested

Crimean police have arrested Tahir Smedlyaev, the brother of the head of the Central Election Commission of the Qurultay, or Crimean Tatar National Congress | detail

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Crimean Tatar Mejlis will not register as a ‘civic organization’

Attempts to pressurize the representative-executive body of the Crimean Tatar people into registering as some kind of ‘civic organization’ are unacceptable, the deputy head of the Mejlis, Akhtem Chyyhoz says | detail

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Bogus claims of ’Muslim radicalism’ as weapon against the Crimean Tatars

Kremlin strategists seem to be hoping to gain dividends out of mounting fears in the West of the hard-line Islamic State and ‘Muslim radicals’. The ploy has worked in the past but the manipulation as regards the Crimean Tatars is overt, the ‘extremism’ invented as a weapon of repression and the dangers immense. | detail

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Dzhemiliev: Russia guilty of open blackmail in holding my son in prison

Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev holds out no hope for a compromise with Russian President Vladimir Putin over release of his son, Khaiser who is being held in a Russian remand prison | detail

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Missing Crimean Tatar Edem Asanov found dead

25-year-old Crimean Tatar, Edem Asanov, has been found dead in an abandoned sanatorium in Yevpatoria, a week after he disappeared on Sept 29. Edem Asanov was one of four young Crimean Tatars to have been abducted or disappear over the last 10 days | detail

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Four abductions or disappearances of young Crimean Tatars in a week

The fact that 23-year-old Apselymov Eskender is the fourth young Crimean Tatar to have been abducted or gone missing in one week, can only heighten the suspicion that the Crimean puppet regime and those pulling its strings in Moscow want to intimidate the Crimean Tatars and force them to leave their homeland. | detail

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Crimean court continues attack on Crimea Fund and Mejlis

A court in Simferopol on Monday, Sept 29, refused to unfreeze the assets and bank accounts of the NGO Crimea Fund and allowed the prosecutor’s application to remove Mustafa Dzhemiliev from the list of the Fund’s founders. | detail

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Chubarov: Crimea is descending into Terror and Fear

It is difficult not to suspect that the abduction of two young men in Crimea is part of an ongoing offensive aimed at instilling an atmosphere of terror and forcing the Crimean Tatars to leave their homeland | detail

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Moscow endorses offensive against Crimean Tatar Mejlis

Say that the Crimea was annexed by Russia, that the rights of Crimean Tatars, ethnic Ukrainians and others are being infringed, and you risk being labelled an ‘extremist’, prosecuted for ‘inciting inter-ethnic enmity’ or deported as ‘undesirable’. And most terrifyingly, you risk being ignored by western leaders who really don’t want to know. | detail

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Bakhchysarai Mejlis faces eviction after mysterious court hearing

A week after the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People was first subjected to an 11-hour search and then evicted, the Mejlis in Bakhchysarai are also facing eviction. Neither the Mejlis nor the NGO which leases them the building were informed of the supposed court hearing. | detail

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Russian-installed PM & prosecutor threaten Crimean Tatars with deportation

Moscow really scraped the barrel when they installed Sergei Aksyonov as the Crimea’s leader and Natalya Poklonskaya as ‘prosecutor’. Both have effectively threatened to prosecute those who do not recognize Russian rule and to deport Crimean Tatars for what they call ‘inciting interethnic enmity’. | detail

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More harassment of a member of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis

Gayana Yuksel, member of the Mejlis, has been taken off the train from Kyiv to Simferopol. She was returning from visiting her husband, Ismet Yuksel whom the occupation regime has banned from entering the Crimea | detail

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Targeting the Crimean Tatar Mejlis as pro-Russian euphoria fades in Crimea

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov recently asserted that the Crimean Tatar people have received what they couldn’t have dreamt of within Ukraine”. Lavrov was unusually close to the truth since in their worst nightmares Crimean Tatars could not have imagined the violations of their rights seen since Russia annexed their homeland. | detail

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Crimean Tatar Mejlis given 24 hours to leave

If any Crimean Tatar had hoped that fears about Russia’s occupation of their homeland were unfounded, hope died on Sept 17. The Mejlis has been given 24 hours to ‘vacate’ their headquarters in Simferopol. Associations with the Deportation when all Crimean Tatars were given just half an hour to prepare for exile are perhaps exaggerated, however the reminders of Soviet repression are certainly increasing by the day | detail

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Offensive against Crimean Tatars continues

The FSB, together with bailiffs, have arrived at the Mejlis building in Simferopol, while men waving machine guns have been carrying out more ‘searches’ of Crimean Tatar homes | detail

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Armed offensive against Crimean Tatar Mejlis

The 11-hour search of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis ended with the FSB removing the minutes from several meetings of the Mejlis; religious books and personal items, belonging to Mustafa Dzhemiliev. It appears that Russia and its occupation regime, having failed to ‘tame’ or at least silence the Mejlis, are now resorting to open repression | detail

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Armed men rip Ukrainian flag off Mejlis building

During the night after ‘elections’ organized by the occupation regime in the Crimea and boycotted by most Crimean Tatars, three men carried out a highly specific attack on the Mejlis building in Simferopol. | detail

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Latest vandal attack on the Crimean Tatar Mejlis headquarters

A Mejlis spokesperson believes the vandalism to be the latest in a series of provocations and linked with the coming elections which the Mejlis has called on all Crimeans concerned about the violation of Crimean Tatar rights to boycott | detail

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