Ukraine to raise issue of raids and detentions in Crimea at UN General Assembly

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Canan Kevser
17 February 2021, 16:18
Canan Kevser
17 February 2021, 16:18

Ukraine will raise the issues of illegal searches and detentions at the UN General Assembly debate about the situation in Crimea on February 23, 2021.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has condemned another wave of politically motivated and illegal raids and detentions carried out by the Russian occupation authorities in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

"These actions once again testify to Moscow's complete disregard for the fundamental norms of international humanitarian law, its obligations as an occupying power, its readiness to use illegal force to suppress political and religious dissent, and to block human rights activities in the temporarily occupied Ukrainian territory," First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzheppar said.

The Foreign Ministry once again reminded Russia of its obligation to fulfil international legal obligations in good faith, in particular as an occupying power, and to put an end to political repression against the population of the temporarily occupied territories.

"The issue of the illegal activities of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territories, in particular, illegal searches and detentions, will be raised by Ukraine at the UN General Assembly debates on the ‘Situation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine’ on February 23, 2021," the Foreign Ministry informed.

The statement notes that on the night of February 17, searches were conducted in the homes of Crimeans Abdulbori Makhamadaminov, Azamat Eyupov, Timur Yalkabov, Ernest Ibrahimov, Oleh Fedorov, Lenur Seidametov and Yashar Shikhametov. 

"Home searches were conducted in the activists of the Crimean Solidarity and the Crimean Childhood project for the children of political prisoners. That is clearly indicating the politically motivated nature of the actions of the occupying authorities of the peninsula," the ministry wrote in a statement.

Ukrainian diplomats called on international partners of Ukraine to give due attention to the Russian Federation's illegal actions in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

Background

As reported, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) operatives raided the homes of Crimean Tatars in the early hours of Wednesday, February 17.

The detainees are charged with "setting up of or participation in a terrorist organisation."

After the occupation of Crimea by Russia, the invaders started persecuting independent journalists, civil activists, members of the Crimean Tatar national movement, the Mejlis, as well as Crimean Muslims suspected of links with the international Islamic political organisation Hizb-ut Tahrir.

Hizb-ut Tahrir is a global organisation based in London that seeks to unite all Muslim countries into an Islamic caliphate, while rejecting terror tools to achieve their goal. It is banned in Russia as a terrorist organisation but operates legally in Ukraine.

Rights groups and Western governments have denounced what they describe as a campaign of repression by the Russian-imposed authorities in Crimea, who target members of the Turkic-speaking Crimean Tatar community and others who have spoken out against Moscow's takeover of the peninsula.

Russia took control of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 after sending in troops, seizing key facilities, and staging a referendum dismissed as illegal by at least 100 countries.

The West did not recognise the occupation in response to which sanctions against Russia were introduced. Crimea remains internationally recognised territory of Ukraine.