The Crimean Tatar diaspora in New York urged the international community to take measures in release the deputies of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz.

QHA provides the full text of the statement.

The Crimean Tatar diaspora of the city of New York declares a strong protest in connection with the illegal conviction of the deputies of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz. These acts were a continuation of the illegal policy of the Russian Federation towards the indigenous people of the Crimea - the Crimean Tatars, whose opinion was not considered from the early days of annexation.

By these actions, the Russian authorities demonstrate cynicism and contempt for international law, the decision of the European Parliament on February 4, 2016 on the situation in the field of human rights, in particular the Crimean Tatars in the Crimea, the resolution of March 12, 2016 on the situation of the Crimean Tatars and the resolution of the UN General Assembly 71/205 of December 19, 2016 about the situation in the field of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and many other decisions of international organizations.

Judicial decisions against Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz are a political tool for suppressing those who do not agree with the illegal annexation of the Crimea.

Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz are remarkable representatives of our people who fought for the rights of the Crimean Tatars since Soviet times and continue their struggle today, openly declaring that Crimea is Ukraine and that is their only fault.

In recent days, mass arrests of Crimean Tatars in the city of Bakhchisaray and other areas of the Crimea, accusations of extremism, have resumed in the Crimea. How can we accuse our people of extremism and terrorism, if the principles of non-violent actions were the basis of the Crimean Tatar national movement during the years of Soviet power, when not a single drop of blood was spilled in the places of deportation or return to Crimea. Although Crimean Tatars were killed, kidnapped, beaten, and illegally tried. And this continues to this day.

We call upon the entire international community to take all measures for the speedy release of Ilmi Umerov, Akhtem Chiygoz and other political prisoners of the Crimea: O. Sentsov, O. Kolchenko, Ali Asanov, Mustafa Degermenji and the other illegally convicted persons. Stop the persecution of N. Semena, and also increase pressure on the government of the Russian Federation in order to protect the Crimean Tatars in the Crimea.