STRASBOURG (QHA) -

The group, which is under a major hit and subjected to repression and elimination due to opposing the occupation, is the indigenous people of Crimea - the Crimean Tatars. The lawless power that came to the peninsula is trying to represent the Crimean Tatars as terrorists, extremists, dangerous and unreliable people.

The corresponding statement was made by the member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, the Director of the Crimean news agency Gayana Yuksel, during the side event devoted to the problem of freedom of speech in the occupied Crimea, within the framework of the autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of Europe in Strasbourg.

Yuksel noted that in this way the occupants take revenge on the Crimean Tatars for their rejection of the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula.

“Hiding behind the mythical struggle against terrorism, throwing those people behind the bars who lived peacefully in the Crimea for years, the illegal power of the Crimea, in fact, takes revenge on Crimean Tatars for their rejection of the occupation.”

A member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people went on saying that not only those who are accused by the local "authorities" of "extremism" are being subjected to harassment, but also those who just tell about the events taking place in the Crimea.

“Bandits on the peninsula are not just trying to commit crimes, they have long been trying to silence those who report about these crimes (civil journalists, activists), who defend the prosecuted people under pressure, who simply sympathize and do not remain indifferent.”

Furthermore, she noted that during the occupation of the Crimea the Russian Federation used all methods and forms of pressure and intimidation against journalists - from beatings and "preventive conversations" to initiation of criminal cases and fines. In particular, 480 violations were recorded, and more than 45 attacks on journalists.

Yuksel presented to the European parliamentarians a common vision of the further necessary actions in this situation, namely, initiating the criminal proceedings against persons involved in crimes against journalists, the introduction of personal sanctions, and creation of humanitarian platforms for monitoring the situation in the Crimea on the international arena.

Among the participants of the side event were the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev, the representative of Ukraine in the PACE Sergey Sobolev, the lawyer of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group for Human Rights Daria Sviridova, the lawyer Roman Martynovsky and the journalist from the Crimea Anna Andrievskaya.

Free-speech issues and violation of human rights in the occupied Crimea were the main topic of the event, which was held today, October 12, in Strasbourg within the framework of the autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of Europe.

Mustafa Dzhemilev in Strasbourg stated the importance to inform the world community as much as possible about the situation in the occupied Crimea

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