PRAGUE (QHA) -

In a letter sent to the heads of governments of EU Member States, to the Presidents of the European Commission, Parliament and Council, as well as the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Platform of European Memory and Conscience calls for stronger measures to protect the civic organization of the Crimean Tatars who have been outlawed by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation and, subsequently, by the Supreme Court of Russian-occupied Crimea.

The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People has been a Member organisation of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience since 2012. Mr Mustafa Dzhemilev, leader of the Crimean Tatar people, was awarded the first Prize of the Platform in 2014, in recognition of his struggle for democracy, freedom and human rights.

On 4 February 2016, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in Crimea, in particular of the Crimean Tatars, strongly condemning the unprecedented severe human rights violations conducted against the Crimean Tatars and appealing to Russia to observe international humanitarian and human rights law. Disregarding the concern of the European Union, the Russian Federation is now stepping up pressure against the Crimean Tatars.

Therefore, the Platform calls upon the international community to adopt stronger measures which are urgently needed to protect the Crimean Tatars from further serious violations of their human rights.

“In dealing with President Vladimir Putin, we are asking European governments and institutions to introduce the protection of human rights and freedoms of the Crimean Tatars as an important priority," says Platform President Göran Lindblad.

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