MINISTRY FOR REINTEGRATION IS DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT ANOTHER ACT OF REPRESSION AGAINST CRIMEAN TATARS BY RUSSIAN OCCUPATION AUTHORITIES
The Ministry for Reintegration is receiving reports from Crimea, which is temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation, that the Russian occupation administration has been massively sending “warnings” to Crimean Tatars activists in order to prevent organization of any public events on the Peninsula under the guise of “combating extremism”.
Over the last two days dozens of similar cases have been registered in Bakhchysarai, Sudak, Simferopol, Ichkinsk and other districts. These acts bore no relation to the coronavirus epidemic, but are another manifestation of repression, because the “warnings” are delivered by the workers of the occupation "police", who, intimidate Crimeans by trying to dissuade them from even solidarity efforts and memorial events.
What causes concern is that attempts are being made to limit any events of indigenous people, including those in remembrance of the victims of the Crimean Tatar genocide on May 18 and actions dedicated to the Day of the Crimean Tatar flag on June 26.
“Indeed, attempts to obstruct even solidarity efforts, which can take place at the end of May and at the end of June are strange. At this rate, now they will begin to suppress Eid al-Adha (Kurban-Bairam) in advance as well, with reference to combating extremism or coronavirus. It's rather unusual also because all these early suppressions for the Crimean Tatars take place amid mass parade rehearsals for May 9 by the occupation authorities, while involving minors. Such selective and early suppressions are a flagrant violation of the rights of persons belonging to the indigenous people,” stated Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov.
Aforementioned facts will be brought to the attention of the international monitoring missions.