Russian authorities are attempting to hide incidents of human rights violations in the Crimea but their attempts have so far been unsuccessful. This opinion was expressed by a member of the Mejlis, Eskender Bariev, live on Radio Krym.Realii on June 14.
He noted that despite Russia's attempts to demonstrate prosperity in the Crimea, the Mejlis have collected facts that prove the violation of collective rights of Crimean Tatars on the peninsula. Bariev went on at length to explain the situation:
“We all know perfectly well that Russia's Supreme Court banned the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people. The International Court of Justice has responded in its judgment on the matter. The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe also reacted to this. In the report of the UN monitoring mission, we see clear messages that there is no medical assistance to political prisoners in the Crimea. There is a compulsory general levy in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. Out of 2,500 called up in the military draft, 200 will get out of it. This shows that people do not want to serve in the Armed Forces of Russia. They forcibly try to summon them to serve. Russia does not comply with the judgment of the International Court of Justice. Repressions continue against the Mejlis and its members. How can we then assert that there are no repressive actions and that human rights are not being violated?"
Bariev added that on July 10 to 14, at the session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people would present a consolidated analysis of violations of the collective rights of the Crimean Tatars.
On April 19, the International Court of Justice handed out an interim judgment on Ukraine's suit against Russia. The court in The Hague did not support Kyiv’s demands for provisional measures against Russia within the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism. However, Moscow was obliged to stop restricting the rights of Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians, and to restore Mejlis and learning in Ukrainian in the annexed Crimea.