The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine resolutely protests against today's new wave of illegal searches and detentions of Crimean Tatars carried out by the Russian occupation authorities in various districts of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
According to the available information, at least seven Ukrainian citizens were illegally detained following the searches - Emil Ziyadinov, Ismet Ibragimov, Alim Sufyanov, Seyran Khayretdinov, Oleksandr Sizikov, Vadym Bektemirov, and Zekyrya Muratov.
Such actions of the Russian Federation constitute a continuation of the repressive practices against the Ukrainian citizens of the occupied Crimea, who seek to enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms in full. In the territory of the occupied Crimea, the occupying state regards as a threat and terrorist activity what is considered normal in Ukraine and other democracies.
Moreover, targeted searches of the homes of Crimean Muslims are evidence of persecution on religious grounds.
We demand that Russia faithfully fulfills its international legal obligations as an occupying power, which includes, in particular, putting end to repression against the local population of the occupied Crimean peninsula. We expect that the Russian Federation will start implementing UN General Assembly Resolutions 68/262 "Territorial Integrity of Ukraine" of 27 March 2014 and "Human Rights Situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol (Ukraine)" 2016-2019, as well as the Order of the International Court of Justice on the application of provisional measures in the framework of the case initiated by Ukraine against the Russian Federation concerning the application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
We are grateful to the international community for not leaving the illegal actions of the Russian Federation in the occupied Crimea unnoticed. Recent interim report by the UN Secretary-General “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine” notes the continuing human rights violations by Russia in the occupied Crimea, including torture and other ill-treatment, the impunity of the Russian law enforcement agencies involved in these crimes, inadequate conditions in prisons, cruel and degrading treatment of prisoners, criminalization of freedom of expression in social media, interference in the work of the media and human rights organizations, including those of Crimean Tatars.
We call on the international community to continue to actively advocate for the protection of the rights and freedoms of the inhabitants of the Crimean peninsula and to increase pressure on the Russian Federation to end human rights violations in the temporarily occupied Crimea.