During the Night of the Dictatorships, which will be held the Hague on September 8-9, Ukrainian activists will talk about harassment and persecution in the occupied Crimea, the Program Director of the State Enterprise "Crimean House" Alim Aliyev informed on Facebook.
According to him, this event is held annually and tells about countries where the critical situation with human rights is observed.
“Today the audience will hear about the situation in Venezuela, North Korea, Russia, Azerbaijan, etc. I will talk about the Crimea in a very specific place - the Prison Gate Museum. Such a creative way was chosen by the organizers not only for educational purposes, but also to once again remind what can happen when populists come to power,” he wrote.
Reference: the Russian Federation occupied the Crimea in February-March 2014, calling the rigged referendum on March 16 "the will of Crimeans to join the Russian Federation." Most countries of the world did not recognize Crimea as Russian and imposed a number of economic sanctions. For Ukraine, the Crimea remains temporarily occupied territory. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared February 20, 2014 the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. October 7, 2015, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the relevant law.
Immediately after the annexation, massive persecution of the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians disloyal to the new "authorities" began in the Crimea.
The so-called case "Hizb ut-Tahrir" became a hallmark of the FSB fight against dissident Muslims in the Crimea. Under the pretext of suspicion of terrorism and calling their repressive operations the fight against extremism, the security officials break into houses, carry out illegal searches and detentions. Now, 19 people are involved in the Hizb ut-Tahrir case, which are recognized by many human rights organizations as prisoners of conscience.
On charges of riots during a rally on February 26, 2014, six Crimean Tatars were arrested outside the building of Supreme Council of the Crimea. Akhtem Chiygoz is awaiting the verdict on September 11, 2017, while being imprisoned in the Simferopol jail, Mustafa Degermendzhi and Ali Asanov are under house arrest, the rest - Eskender Kantemirov, Arsen Yunusov and Eskender Emirvaliev - also await the verdict, being bailed. The trial has been ongoing for more than two years.
A separate round of repressions concerns the members of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people. On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation refused to satisfy the appeal of the Mejlis to the decision of the so-called Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea of April 26, 2016 on recognizing the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people as an "extremist organization" and prohibiting its activities on the territory of the Russian Federation and in the occupied Crimea.