According to Tanya Cooper, Human Rights Watch in Ukraine representative the pressure on Crimean Tatars was strengthening.
She noted that the repressions of security forces were connected with the criticism of Russian authorities by Crimean Tatars starting the beginning of occupation in 2014.
“Again, these cases in the Crimea show how even one person with a poster scares the authorities. That is, the government does not want to see any disagreement with its actions. This is reflected in procedural violations in court, the aggressive actions of the FSB during illegal searches, intimidation of children, pressure on relatives of suspects,” Cooper stated.
She went on saying that that all persecutions were committed for political reasons.
“Russian law enforcement officers use criminal laws as a repressive tool to destroy any criticism and opposition to power. Anti-extremist legislation and legal punishment for separatism, which provide very serious responsibility, were used to silence dissenters for dozens of years or forever,” she pointed out.
Reportedly, December 7, the 24th Council of Ministers of the OSCE was convened in Vienna (Austria), with the participation of Deputy Chairmen of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz, as well as Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin. The Council discussed the violation of human rights in the Crimea. Klimkin noted that "every violation of human rights in the Crimea should lead to new sanctions".