The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people has said that it will protect the rights of citizens who are being pressurized and forced to participate in an illegal all-Crimean referendum and choose a specific answer.

The press service of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people reported this on Friday, Ukrinform said. 

"Taking into account numerous appeals from residents of Crimea on cases of pressure in order to force them to participate in the referendum and select a concrete answer, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people states that any attempts of direct or indirect influence on citizens in terms of their participation in the referendum are unacceptable," the Mejlis said.

The Mejlis urged the heads of institutions and enterprises of all forms of ownership not to execute illegal orders on the organization, holding and ensuring the voter turnout for the referendum, which is guaranteed by the Constitution of Ukraine.

It also announced its readiness to defend the legitimate rights and interests of all residents of Crimea raised during preparations for and the holding of the referendum on March 16, 2014.