PACE considers adopting resolution to protect rights of Crimean Tatars under Russian occupation

Crimean Tatars
Canan Kevser
21 June 2021, 17:41
Canan Kevser
21 June 2021, 17:41

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe plans to hold debates and adopt a comprehensive resolution to protect the rights of Crimean Tatars living under Russian occupation, according to the draft agenda of the PACE.

The PACE summer session will be held in Strasbourg on June 21-24 in a hybrid format, debates and vote on the resolution "The situation of Crimean Tatars" are scheduled for Wednesday, June 23.

“Since early 2014 and the ongoing temporary occupation by the Russian Federation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Crimea), which is part of the territory of Ukraine, Crimean Tatars have faced grave violations of their rights,” reads the document.

The PACE underscores that repressions of Russia’s occupying power against Crimean Tatars include killings, enforced disappearances, torture, and inhuman or degrading treatment. These acts are allegedly committed by members of the security forces or law enforcement officials and have moreover not been subject to an effective investigation, as well as illegal searches and unjustified legal proceedings. In addition, the occupiers often abuse the application of Russian legislation in Crimea by transferring Crimean Tatars to the territory of the Russian Federation.

“The work of journalists and the freedom of expression and assembly have also been unjustifiably restricted. The constant, disproportionate pressure placed on Crimean Tatars and human rights defenders working on their behalf creates a climate of fear and hostility,” the report says.