WASHINGTON (QHA) -

Russia oppresses the rights of the Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea, using its legislation, according to the authors of the report of the US State Department on observance of freedom of religion in the world.

The authors based their report on the statement of the human rights society Memorial, which published a list of political prisoners that includes Crimean Tatars. The State Department noted an increase in the number of political prisoners, and those "who did not call for violence".

The report noted that most of the detained Crimean Tatars were accused of participating in the organization Hizb ut-Tahrir. At the same time, the State Department underlined the artificial nature of all accusations.

The so-called case of Hizb ut-Tahrir has become a “hallmark” of the Russian Federal Security Service struggle against dissident Muslims in the Crimea. Under the pretext of suspicions in terrorism, calling their repressive actions a fight against extremism, Russian security forces break into homes, carry out massive illegal searches and detentions. During 2016-2018 years searches were held in Bakhchysarai, Simferopol, Yalta.

Earlier human rights activists noted that all articles of the Convention on Human Rights were violated in the Crimea occupied by Russia.

QHA