NEW YORK (QHA) -

A member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, director of the news agency QHA ("Crimean News") and Radio Hayat Gayana Yuksel during her speech at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues told about the rights of children and women on the territory of the annexed Crimea.

Yuksel noted that international norms and legislation provide for respecting children's rights and equal rights for women, but at the moment in the Crimea the situation is completely opposite.

Representative of the Crimean Tatar people reminded the forum participants that numerous searches are carried out by occupiers in Crimean Tatars' homes, which often take place in front of children.

“To date, many families, wives and children have lost their husbands and fathers, the main breadwinners of the family. We call on the international community to pay attention to the situation in the Crimea, in connection with the persecution of Crimean Tatars and their families, and the situation when children are subjected to pressure, humiliation, and loneliness since their childhood,” she said.

According to Gayana Yuksel, although the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, as well as Ukrainian activists and NGOs provide material assistance to such families, this is not always enough.

In his speech member of Mejlis told about the outrageous facts of human rights violations in the Crimea.

“Everyone knows that during the occupation of Crimea 12 people were killed, 90 were kidnapped and disappeared. More than 1,300 searches were conducted in the homes of the indigenous people of the peninsula - the Crimean Tatars, and Ukrainian activists. Hundreds of criminal cases are initiated by the occupiers, and every dissent is persecuted," she said.

According to Yuksel, at the moment 61 Crimeans are in custody, and most of them are Crimean Tatars, who are convicted in fabricated cases, allegedly for participation in extremist organizations.

“They are sentenced to 10, 25, 50 years imprisonment, and these people have families, they have children. The representative body of the Crimean Tatars - Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people - is recognized as an illegal and extremist organization on the peninsula, and the youth of the Crimean Tatar people, who did not recognize the annexation of the peninsula and the territory of the Crimea as part of Russia, are forced to leave their homes,” she said.

Earlier, at the 17th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz stated that during four years of Russian occupation on the peninsula, the atmosphere of lawlessness against the Crimean Tatars was rooted.

QHA reported that the Crimean Tatar people are represented at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues by the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz, member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, director of the news agency QHA ("Crimean News") and Radio Hayat Gayana Yuksel, lawyer Suleiman Mamutov, employee of the television channel ATR Elmaz Asanova.

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