Maria Guryeva, representative of the human rights organization Amnesty International commented on the situation with human rights of the Crimean Tatars at the occupied peninsula on the air of Hayat radio.

“Since 2014 Amnesty International in Ukraine has been monitoring the situation starting with the annexation moment, our organization was virtually the first one who came with a monitoring mission in order to record the situation. Even then, we saw those alarming trends, which only worsened over the time.
This is about the disappearance of people on the annexed peninsula, the prevention of media activities, the further prohibition of the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, the expulsion of the leaders of the Crimean Tatar community from the peninsula, arrests, detentions, kidnappings of those who stayed. In December 2016, we had another study in which we wanted to see if the situation had changed. But, unfortunately, all the collected trends only worsened. Now we continue to monitor the situation and, in fact, everything continues and is even aggravating.  Moreover the representatives of the Crimean Tatar community are subjected to most of the pressure, and all those who express their disagreement with the policy of the so-called Crimean authorities are under threat.”

Guryeva also reported on possible activities to improve the human rights situation in the occupied Crimea.

“The Rome Statute should be ratified, an international criminal court document that will allow to punish those responsible of war crimes in the east of Ukraine. The ratification of this document continues now, the settlement of this issue is crucial for Ukraine. The Istanbul Convention, which includes measures to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence, also requires ratification. In addition, a pressing problem in Ukraine is the fight against impunity, as it is precisely the root of a large number of human rights violations in completely different spheres: torture in the east of our country, lack of investigation of hate crimes, and much more.”

Earlier, Eskender Bariev, member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, stressed that the information on human rights violations in the occupied Crimea should sound at various international venues. He also reported that, according to the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, 57 people are kept political prisoners in the Crimea.