Crimean Tatar Leader Announces Referendum Boycott
The head of the Mejlis named the names and surnames of the Crimean Tatars, for whom the Russian justice is preparing illegal prison terms
KIEV – The immediate goal of the Russian invaders is the complete ousting of the Crimean Tatar people, the indigenous people of Crimea, beyond the Crimean peninsula.
This is stated in the appeal of the chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov to representatives of diplomatic missions in connection with the next wave of repressions against the Crimean Tatars on the peninsula.
“Perhaps some European politicians who are calling for a dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin will not want to agree with us, but the truth is that the immediate goal of the Russian occupiers is to completely oust the Crimean Tatar people – the indigenous people of Crimea – outside the Crimean Peninsula, which the Russian occupants are turning it into a military outpost, with the help of which the Russian Federation seeks to control the regions of the Azov, Black and Mediterranean Seas, ”says an appeal published on September 2 on Refat Chubarov’s Facebook page.
He notes that the terms of imprisonment handed down to political prisoners-Crimean Tatars by the Russian authorities are not conditional, but quite real: more than two hundred young children have already been left without parental care and love..
Refat Chubarov gives the names and surnames of eight residents of Crimea – Crimean Tatars, for whom the Russian justice has requested from fifteen to 21 years of punishment to each.
“The final decision of the court may take place by the end of this week, but today we can say that all the requirements of the prosecutor’s office will be satisfied by the court,” emphasizes Refat Chubarov.
According to the website of the Crimean Human Rights Group, on the morning of August 31, 2020, the occupation authorities once again resorted to the practice of using arbitrariness in relation to the citizens of Ukraine who are engaged in social activities in the territory of the occupied Crimea..
“After the searches, activists Enver Topchi, Ayder Ablyakimov and Rydvan Umerov, as well as journalist and activist Ayder Kadyrov, who were not searched, were detained. All the detainees were taken to the FSB Directorate in occupied Simferopol for interrogation without explaining the reasons for their detention, “the KKE website says..
Other cases in Crimea and the position of the Foreign Ministry
In an interview with Krym.Realii, human rights activist Abdureshit Dzhepparov noted that “today Crimea continues to remain a closed territory for Ukrainian and international human rights structures”.
“Therefore, many cases such as, for example, a search in the family of Aliya Avamilova, remain simply unknown. We will find out about them later or not at all. Not everyone reports such incidents. It is already clear that the FSB “sifts through a sieve” every Crimean Tatar family on the peninsula, “Abdureshit Dzhepparov emphasized..
On the air of Radio Krym.Realii, the speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yekaterina Zelenko said that “if you do not apply pressure, including sanctions, Russia will feel its impunity and commit new crimes.”.
“This tool is extremely effective, and we will work to expand the range of sanctions, so that the widest possible circle of persons involved in these crimes falls under them,” said Ekaterina Zelenko, commenting on the situation with the Crimean Tatars detained on August 31.
UN General Assembly Resolution on Crimea
Recall that, ignoring the norms of international law and Ukrainian legislation, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in March 2014 was illegally annexed by Russia.
The UN General Assembly resolution of March 27, 2014 notes that “the referendum held in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on March 16, 2014, having no legal force, cannot be the basis for any change in the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea or the city of Sevastopol”.
This UN General Assembly resolution calls on all states and international organizations “not to recognize any change in the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on the basis of the above-mentioned referendum and to refrain from
any action or step that could be construed as recognition of any such changed status “.
The UN News Center reports on March 27, 2014 that 100 General Assembly members voted in favor of the resolution and eleven against. Among them are Armenia, Belarus and Russia. Another 58 delegations, including China, abstained.
About the occupation and the Crimean Tatars
Director of the Center for Public Research “Ukrainian Meridian” Dmitry Levus notes that the Ukrainian government is consistent in protecting the rights of its citizens in the temporarily occupied territories.
“This position was consolidated by the previous government in 2014, and it is gradually developing. Today we are talking about activating this position not so much inside Ukraine, but reminding the world community of what is happening in Crimea, that the Moscow occupation violates the rights of an entire people, and no one has the right to just break into the houses of Ukrainian citizens in the occupied territory, “says Dmitry Levus to the correspondent of the Russian service “Voice of America”.
The political scientist notes that the words of the leader of the Mejlis concern all citizens of Ukraine in the occupied territory.
“Yes, the Crimean Tatars are the indigenous people of Crimea and Ukraine, but I think that their problems should not be considered separately, from all those who are under occupation. Today, the statement of Refat Chubarov just focuses on strengthening the position of official Kiev for all categories of citizens in the occupation “, – said Dmitry Levus.
According to him, in the field of protection of international law and international humanitarian law, in matters of violation of the humanitarian rights of indigenous peoples, the position of official Moscow is most vulnerable.
Deoccupation position must be consistent
Expert on Political and Economic Issues from the Fund “Maidan Zakordonnykh Sprav” Yuri Smelyansky notes that the problem of Crimea is being solved by its de-occupation.
“Today no one will undertake to say that Ukraine is ready to de-occupy Crimea, and the world community as a whole has formed its position on the de-occupation of Crimea, support for Kiev on this issue. The reluctance of the world community on this issue can be easily explained: Ukraine has not yet formed an understandable policy for itself. We do not stop diplomatic, trade and economic relations with Russia, and at the same time it is difficult to explain to our Western partners that we are at war with this country, ”Yuri Smelyansky tells the Voice of America correspondent.
The Russian position on the Crimean issue, according to him, is very simple.
“Russia declares that Crimea is an integral part of it and its policy on its territory is correct. This policy ensures stability on the peninsula from the Kremlin’s position. By the methods of searches, intimidation, fabrication of criminal cases, terms of imprisonment on them – all these are tools for both forcing loyalty to the occupier and for squeezing out all potentially disloyal persons to the occupier, ”notes Yuri Smelyanskiy.
“Decisive protests” from Kiev in response to the recent searches of Crimean Tatars in Crimea, according to Yuri Smelyansky, cannot influence the policy of the occupation authorities.
“What can the Ukrainian authorities do in reality? To be consistent on the Crimean issue: to formulate tactics for the de-occupation and reintegration of the Crimean peninsula, to create a step-by-step, temporary strategy. So far, there is nothing of this, ”says the expert..