The Crimean Tatar Resource Center nominated Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ilmi Umerov for receiving the award of the Platform for European Memory and Conscience-2017. Ilmi Umerov entered the list of six nominees.
This award is presented to people who oppose totalitarianism in the world, upholding the rule of law and human rights. The purpose of the award is to draw attention to fighters against anti-democratic regimes and victims of political repression.
The platform of European Memory and Conscience is an international organization uniting 48 state and private institutions from 18 countries. The project was created on October 14, 2011 in Prague, during the summit of the Prime Ministers of the Visegrad Group in order to combat totalitarianism and anti-democratic movements.
September 27, the Kremlin-controlled Simferopol district court passed a verdict in the case of Ilmi Umerov. The occupying court found him guilty of separatism under article 280.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Public calls for actions aimed at violating the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation) and sentenced him to 2 years in a colony-settlement and 2 years of a ban on public activities.
The Crimean Tatar Resource Center states that the decision of the occupation court is politically motivated and criminal. This unjust decision is directed against all those who do not agree with Russia's illegal actions in the Crimea. Thus, Russia demonstrates the fight against dissent and freedom of speech. The trial of Ilmi Umerov is an example of xenophobia towards the indigenous people of the Crimea and the method of intimidation.
QHA reported that on October 5 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on human rights in the occupied Crimea, in which the Crimean Tatar leaders, Deputy Chairmen of the Mejlis Ilmi Umerov and Akhtem Chiygoz, were recognized as political prisoners