The Chief Ombudsman of the Turkish Republic Şeref Malkoç met with the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and members of the representative body of the Crimean Tatars during his visit to Ukraine. The meeting was also attended by Ombudspersons Yahya Akman, Arif Dülger, Personal Secretary Veysel Sirin, and Turkish Ambassador to Ukraine Yonet Can Tezel, Mejlis informed the QHA.
The Ombudsman of the Republic of Turkey reported that during the visit to Ukraine he plans to meet with the Ukrainian Ombudsperson Lyudmila Denisova and discuss with her the possibilities of forming a human rights monitoring mission to the occupied Crimea. Şeref Malkoç noted that he is ready to raise this issue on all international and interstate platforms available to him.
Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar Refat Chubarov, Deputy Head of the Mejlis Ilmi Umerov, members of the Mejlis Riza Shevkiev and Abmedzhit Suleymanov informed the Turkish side about the current situation with human rights in the Crimea. In particular, they noted that most of the political prisoners in the occupied peninsula, which are more than 70 people, are the Crimean Tatars.
“Several dozen Crimean Tatars were abducted. Despite the evidence of enforced disappearance, no effective investigation has been carried out on single case, the perpetrators are not identified and not punished, and the relatives of the missing are still waiting for news of them. Pressure on the Crimean Tatars in the Crimea has acquired the most unacceptable forms, the purpose of which is to intimidate the Crimean Tatar people. And all this is for the sake of forced displacing the Crimean Tatars from the Crimea," Chubarov said.
The Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people informed about numerous decisions of international organizations, including the International Court of the United Nations, calling on the Russian Federation to stop violations of human rights, in particular, the rights of Crimean Tatars on the peninsula. Representatives of the Republic of Turkey reported that they closely follow the events in the Crimea and the fate of the Crimean Tatar people. According to the Chief Ombudsman, Turkey has more than three million descendants of the Crimean Tatars, and the office of the Ombudsman keeps in constant contact with them.
Earlier by the Head of the Association for the Culture and Mutual Aid of the Crimean Tatars in Turkey Mukremin Sahin in his commentary to QHA said that Kyiv should enlist the support of the world community to preserve sovereignty in the Azov Sea.