Contents tagged with Crimean Tartars

  • Bariev: 57 political prisoners are being held in Crimea

    There are currently 57 political prisoners in the Russian-annexed Crimea, as reported by the head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center and member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Eskender Bariev, during a press conference in Kyiv on November 6th.

    He noted that after Russia transferred Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiyhoz, who were imprisoned in the Crimea, to the Republic of Turkey, new arrests were made on the peninsula.

    The First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of …

  • Poroshenko called on the leaders of the Gulf States to stand up for the rights of Crimean Tatars

    During his visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, President Petro Poroshenko met with the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, as indicated on the administration’s website.

    According to the report, the both leaders discussed plans for the development of cooperation between Ukraine and the Arab Peninsula states.

    During the meeting, Poroshenko introduced Mustafa Dzhemilev, a former Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, leader of …

  • Russia classifies documents about release of Crimean Tatar leader Umerov

    All documents on the release of Ilmi Umerov from Russian prison are classified, said Aishe Umerova, daughter of the deputy of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, in a commentary on Channel 5.

    “We don’t have any documents, we don’t have a single piece of paper in our hands. It’s a closed case, there is a decree, there isn’t a decree. All of the documents are absolutely secret, so the work of the lawyers in the coming days is to find out, to get all these documents and then we can plan …

  • Chubarov: freeing of Umerov and Chiygoz is not a concession but Russia’s implementation of the demands of UN courts

    The People's Deputy of Ukraine and Chairman of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov said during a press briefing on Wednesday, October 25 that the release of Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz relates to the decision of the International Court of Justice."There is no concession on the part of Putin. This is a partial fulfillment by them of the decision they cannot fail to fulfill. It is the interim decision of the International Court of Justice from April 2017 on two conventions …

  • Crimean Tatar leaders Umerov and Chiygoz handed over to Turkey thanks to agreement between Poroshenko and Erdogan

    The Russian authorities have handed over Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz to Turkey, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev told Ukrayinska Pravda.

    The two deputy heads of the Mejlis were flown to Ankara.

    Umerov and Chiygoz’s release became possible thanks to the agreements achieved as a result of Turkish President Recep Erdoğan ’s visit to Ukraine.

    The lawyer Nikolai Polozov confirmed this information on Facebook.

    “The thing we have been waiting for for so long has happened. Two more …

  • 50 people detained in Crimea during protest actions in support of Crimean Tatars

    49 people were detained for holding unauthorized solitary pickets in the Crimea, as reported by Interfax, citing the press service of the Crimean Ministry of Internal Affairs. Those participating in the pickets were released from police stations after “preventive talks.”

    As previously reported, the pickets were organized to oppose the local authorities’ actions directed against the Crimean Tatars. Specifically, participants in the rally protested against the arrests of Crimean Tatars who were …

  • European Parliament calls on Russia to stop repression in Crimea

    At a plenary session in Strasbourg on Thursday, the EU parliament adopted a resolution which accuses Russia of violating human rights in annexed Crimea, especially the rights of Crimean Tatars, Voice of America reports.

    European parliamentarians have demanded the release of political prisoners and have called for representatives of the UN, OSCE and the European Council to be granted unobstructed access to Crimea.

    The resolution states that the EU Parliament “condemns the sentences given to …

  • European Parliament calls on EU to intensify sanctions against Russia over repressions in Crimea

    The European Parliament (EP) has called on the European Union (EU) to expand the list of economic and personal sanctions against Russia and those involved in the persecution of the Crimean Tatars, as well as other Ukrainian hostages of the Kremlin.

    The corresponding item is included in drafts of five registered resolutions of the legislative body of the EU concerning the cases of Crimean Tatar leaders Akhtem Chiygoz, Ilmi Umerov and journalist Mykola Semena, Ukrinform reports.

    "The European …

  • Deputy Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People sentenced to two years in prison

    The Simferopol District Court, which is under the control of the Russian authorities, found Ilmi Umerov, deputy head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, guilty of calls for separatism and sentenced him to two years in prison in a colony settlement, reported his attorney Mark Feygin.

    The prosecutor’s office asked that Umerov be given a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentenced.

    Umerov was arrested in Simferopol on May 12, 2016. An hour before his arrest, he posted information on his …

  • German Human Rights Commissioner outraged at sentence given to Akhtem Chiygoz in Crimea

    German Human Rights Commissioner Bärbel Kofler is outraged at the eight year prison sentence given to Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz on September 11 in the Kremlin-controlled Crimean court, as announced on September 13 by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    “The sentence is a further reduction of rights of the Crimean Tatars on the peninsula following the Russian annexation,” Kofler observed.

    Kofler called it unacceptable to put people in prison for expressing their political opinion. …