The organization recalled that Steinmeier should use his authority in the OSCE to initiate dialogue with the so-called authorities and Russian representatives on the peninsula to release Ahtem Chiygoz, Deputy Head of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, as well as Aly Asanov and Mustafa Dekhermendzhi from prison.
“Ahtem Chiygoz, Deputy Head of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, has already been under investigation in Simferopol prison for a year. Russian secret services and police have been putting pressure on the father of a family for a year. Foreign Minister Steinmeier should take advantage of its position in the OSCE to initiate dialogue with the Russian authorities in Crimea to release Ahtem Chiygoz, Aly Asanov and Mustafa Dekhermendzhi,” reads the petition of the organization published on Change.org.
The human rights activists also ask Steinmeier to ensure respect for human rights in the occupied Crimea and organize international monitoring missions on the peninsula.
“It is necessary to ensure the observance of the Crimean Tatars rights in Crimea, since they are subjected to systematic discrimination on the peninsula, according to such international institutions as the European Parliament and the Council of Europe,” the social activists added.
As QHA reported earlier, on February 28, a one-woman protest in support of Crimeans was held in the center of Moscow. The activist urged the Russian authorities to release the Crimean Tatar political prisoners Ahtem Chiygoz, Aly Asanov and Mustafa Dekhermendzhi.