(QHA) -

Crimean Tatars are hostages in Crimea, wife of Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev, Safinar Jemileva said as she attended the funeral of Edem Asanov—a 25 years old Crimean Tatar who was found dead after been missing for days.

"We are now hostages here. They [Crimean authorities] treat us as prisoners and nobody is held accountable"- Jemileva said.

Edem Asanov, 25, was found hanged in the city of Yevpatoria on October 6 after being missing for days.  Crimea's Moscow-backed officials say he must have committed suicide. 

The majority of Crimean Tatars, have opposed Crimean secession from Ukraine and unification with Russia in March.

Several people have been abducted in recent weeks in Crimea and their whereabouts remain unknown. 

Speaking at Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) session, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev said eighteen Crimean Tatars had been missing since Crimean annexation by Russia. 

QHA