Crimean House organised event to support over 100 Crimean political prisoners

Crimean Tatars
Canan Kevser
18 June 2021, 11:
Canan Kevser
18 June 2021, 11:

Crimean House in Kyiv organised an event on Wednesday, in support of over a hundred Crimean Political prisoners captivated by Russia.

Member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People (QTMM) Gayana Yuksel moderated the event organised to remind Ukrainians and the international community of the citizens of Ukraine illegally imprisoned in Russia and in Crimea, and to call on the authorities to use every opportunity for their release.

Among the participants, Permanent Representative of the Ukrainian President to Crimea Anton Korynevych, Chairman of the Mejlis Refat Chubarov, Ukrainian MP and former political prisoner Akhtem Chiygoz, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis and former political prisoner Ilmi Umerov, Head of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center Eskender Bariiev, Head of the Krym-SOS organization Denys Savchenko, former political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh, and Crimean Tatar political prisoner Timur Abdullayev's wife Alime Abdullayeva were at the event.

Political pressure emerged after Russian occupation

Commenting on the event, Gayana Yuksel asserted that political pressure is a phenomenon that emerged in the Crimean peninsula after the occupation in 2014. 

"The issue of the Crimean political prisoners is a very complex matter because today there is no mechanism of influence, no means of direct intervention, or change in the situation. We should not only constantly raise the issue but also seek to provide help for the families of the political prisoners. I hope that such events and discussions will become consistent in the Crimean House to draw attention to the situation of the Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian political prisoners," Yuksel added.

Crimean House called to unite efforts in the fight for human rights

According to the Crimean House, more than 100 Ukrainian citizens are held in prisons in the Russian Federation and temporarily occupied Crimea on political charges. It also expressed that Crimean Tatars and civil society activists are subjected to arbitrary searches, detentions, pressure and intimidation by the Russian occupation authorities. Crimean House assured to continue providing full support to the Crimean political prisoners and their families.

“We reiterate our call to all representatives of the democratic world, human rights organizations and the international media to unite efforts in the struggle for human rights by increasing the pressure on the Russian Federation,” Crimean House said in a statement.

According to the data of human rights organisations, 105 Crimean people are currently detained for political reasons, and 6 are under house arrest. Thus, 111 people in Crimea including 84 Crimean Tatars, are prosecuted by Russia on political charges. Of the 84 Crimean Tatars, 80 are held in prisons in Russia and occupied Crimea.

Established in exile in Kyiv, Crimean House aims to develop, strengthen, and coordinate the capacity of organisations involved in human rights protection in Crimea, ensuring more effective and systematic human rights work. The house focuses on promoting and observing the human rights of all citizens on the occupied peninsula.