The detention of more than 70 Crimean Tatars by Russian occupants in the market in Simferopol, allegedly for preventive measures, is an act of intimidation of the Crimean Muslims, the Head of the CEC Kurultai of the Crimean Tatar people Zair Smedlyaev said in an interview with "112 Ukraine".
He noted that the detention on April 6 can be interpreted as another episode of the occupants’ oppressive actions against civilians on the national and religious grounds:
“This incident is connected with the terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg and Rostov. Allegedly, anti-terrorist preventive measures. Only people with a beard, with a characteristic Muslim appearance were detained... This is another act of intimidation, another discrimination on religious grounds, because terrorists see only Muslims.”
Earlier, January 16, 2017 Ukraine filed an application with the International Court of Justice to bring the Russian Federation to justice for violating the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
The materials of the case feature the catastrophe of the Malaysian Boeing, the bombardment of residential areas in Mariupol, Kramatorsk, Volnovaha, terrorist attacks in Kharkov and other Ukrainian cities. Separately, issues were raised regarding violations of the rights of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians in the occupied Crimea.
Based on the results of the first hearings that took place in early March, the court is considering a proposal by Ukraine on temporary measures for Russia - to stop financing terrorism in the East of Ukraine, to suspend the ban of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, to stop discrimination of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars in the Crimea. Expert Boris Babin in his comments to QHA said that the board in the Hague would make decision on these measures within one to two months.