KYIV (QHA) -

Since the beginning of the year, 138 arrests for political reasons have been recorded in the occupied Crimea, 107 of which, were in relation to the Crimean Tatars.

The Communications Manager of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center Elvir Sagirman provided the corresponding data at the presentation of the report on human rights violations in Crimea on October 25, the QHA correspondent reports.

"This includes not only detentions, but also illegal extensions of the periods of remand in custody," Sargirman said.

During this period, 91 people were detained in the Crimea, 65 of them were Crimean Tatars.

“Most of the detentions were carried out after searches, when security forces detained both searched people and those who were streaming, taking pictures or simply witnessed the searches,” said the human rights activist.

According to him, representatives of the Crimean Tatar people, pro-Ukrainian activists, members of the Crimean Solidarity, and activist-anarchists were subjected to illegal actions.

The relatives of political prisoners were detained as well. Moreover, in a number of cases, security forces used physical force, and collected personal data and fingerprints of the detainees.

Furthermore, 79 searches were recorded, including 68 in the houses of the Crimean Tatars.

“Most searches are connected to allegedly spreading extremist materials in social networks. To justify their actions, representatives of the de facto authorities are trying to blame the people being searched for public appeals for terrorist activities or participating in organizations banned in the Russian Federation," said Eskender Bariev, Chairman of the board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center.

In addition, 355 violations of the right to a fair trial were recorded, of which 299 were against the Crimean Tatars, 5 violations of the right to peaceful assembly and 8 illegal prison transportations.
 
In July, the Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs of the OSCE PA supported the Ukrainian draft resolution "Continued violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)".

It is expected that this year the United Nations General Assembly will adopt another resolution on the illegal occupation of the Crimea by Russia. For the first time, the issue of Ukrainian political prisoners persecuted by Russia should be highlighted in a document with a separate paragraph.

QHA