On September 25, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, People's Deputy of Ukraine Refat Chubarov, during his speech at the 39th UN session on human rights in Geneva noted that the only reason for the catastrophic deterioration of a human rights situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine is Russian aggression.
“It is especially painful to see the categorical refusal of the occupanting country - the Russian Federation - to adhere to international humanitarian law in the occupied peninsula. Literally, the saddest is to receive daily reports on how the Crimean Tatars continue to suffer from the police raids, searches and arrests. It is uneasy to hear that our compatriots are regularly persecuted because of false accusations in terrorism and violations related to extremism.”
Chubarov noted that the occupation authorities do not adhere to human rights standards. In particular, such fundamental human rights as freedom of peaceful assembly and movement, freedom of speech, association and performance of religious ceremonies are violated in Crimea.
The Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people emphasized: despite the decision of the International Court of Justice on April 19, 2017, which was recently confirmed by this court, the representative body of the Crimean Tatar people - Mejlis - remains prohibited on the peninsula.
Chubarov stressed that not only the Crimean Tatars, but as well other ethnic groups of Crimea are deprived of their rights. In particular, Ukrainians are denied the right to receive education in their native language.
“At the same time, the Russian Federation is engaged in resettlement of tens and hundreds of thousands of ethnic Russians to the territory of Crimea.”
Refat Chubarov noted that Russia persistently ignores international organizations, political leaders, representatives of a civil society, who call for the salvation of the lives of citizens of Ukraine in Crimea, which are illegally arrested on false accusations and kept in Russian prisons.
“Oleg Sentsov and Volodymyr Balukh are on hunger strikes for many months. The promise of the Russian president to allow the Ukrainian ombudswoman visit political prisoners of the Russian regime is broken. More than 70 Crimean residents are deprived of their liberty, among them are: Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians and representatives of other nationalities. Sometimes they arrest whole families like: son and father Degermendzhi, Abdullayev brothers and others.”
At the same time, the occupation authorities in Crimea have complete insensibility to human suffering, the peninsula is interesting to Russia only as a military outpost for domination in the Black Sea region, accented the Chairman of the Mejlis.
Concerning the situation in Donbas, Chubarov noted that in the East of Ukraine the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the armed groups under its control continue to commit terrible acts of violence against civilians, depriving people of the basic right - the right to life.
“In such circumstances, the Russian Federation intends to hold so-called snap elections to form illegitimate so-called representative bodies in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This is nothing more than an obvious and willful violation of Russia's obligations as a part of the Minsk agreements.”
Summarizing, Chubarov noted that Russia tries again to destroy the Crimean Tatars.
“On the 70th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, we shouldn’t allow the Russian Federation, whose leadership has such nostalgia for the Soviet Union, to repeat the crimes of the bloody Soviet dictator Stalin against the indigenous people of Crimea with "intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such"(Article 2, Genocide Convention),” summarized the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.
As QHA reported, earlier at the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE in Warsaw, Refat Chubarov said that the persecution of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians on the peninsula by the occupation authorities due to hate and intolerance.
He recalled that by occupying Crimea and having committed armed aggression against Ukraine, Russia violated all ten principles of the OSCE, as well as the norms of international law and the Budapest Memorandum.