Activists promise to tell what steps have been made at the national and international level to render aid to those gone missing in Crimea, a QHA correspondent reports.
“At 10:30 am, the activists gathered in front of the Russian Embassy in Kyiv on Povitroflotskyi Ave. 27, where the representatives of the National Guard of Ukraine lined up along the perimeter of the Embassy building,” the source informs.
The activists have already come to the Russian Embassy for the fourth time to draw attention of Ukrainian and world community to the permanent disappearance of the Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea.
The rally was also attended by the representatives of the Amnesty International, who organized the collection of letters in support of Ervin Ibragimov, a member of the regional Mejlis, gone missing on May24.
“We decided to hold the campaign as a form of performance: a man and woman are sitting in the kitchen, drinking coffee and waiting for their missing son. The family, whose child has disappeared, and they appeal to the law enforcement authorities who ignore them,” a QHA correspondent reports.
The activists aslo brought signs with the names of people gone missing in Crimea, both Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians.
“It is very important for people to come here, because only public pressure and actions can change the situation. Our organization conducts ongoing research in Crimea: the situation with the human rights is extremely difficult there. We express gratitude to all the organizations that continue putting pressure on the regime. We urge all to visit our website and sign the petition in support of Ilmi Umerov, Ervin Ibragimov and others,” said Maria Guryeva, the Speaker of Amnesty International.
A former political prisoner Gennady Afanasiev is also among the participants of the rally.
“Today Russia considers Ukrainian citizens, who do not agree with the Kremlin's policy on Crimea, as diseased. However, most likely, Russians are sick. We support those who are not afraid to look into the eyes of the occupants, defending the position that Crimea is Ukraine, and suffer for their beliefs.” Afanasiev said.
Reference. The mission of the KrymSOS NGO is the de-occupation and reintegration of Crimea. Its activities are focused on the coverage of the illegal occupation of the peninsula and the repressive Russian policy toward the Crimeans, communication with mainland Ukraine, as well as the consolidation of Ukrainian society through the protection of the rights, freedoms and interests of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and others affected by the armed conflict in east of Ukraine and Crimea.