Ukraine warns about Russia’s desire to strengthen repression of Crimean Tatars

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian side expresses strong protest against the mass illegal searches of the houses and detentions of the representative of the Crimean Tatar people
15:19, 27 March 2019

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin
MFA of Ukraine

The mass searches and detention of the Crimean Tatars in annexed Crimea is the desire of the Russian Federation to strengthen new repressions, as the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported.

The ministry expressed the strong protest against the mass illegal searches of the houses and detentions of the representative of the Crimean Tatar people, which took place in Simferopol and Bilohirsk area of Crimea occupied by Russia.

Thus, the ministry states that the large-scale nature of the persecutions shows the tendency of Russia for the further strengthening of the repressions and intimidation of the citizens of Ukraine, who live at temporarily occupied territories.

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“We are concerned about the messages that during the searches in Kamyanka district of Simferopol, the Russian occupants have resorted to the beating of the locals, who were near. The fact that the Russian authority chose the so-called case of Hizb-Ut Tahrir as the reason for its retaliation raises our special concern as it was earlier used for the falsification of the cases against the Crimean Tatar activists and their further convictions,” the Foreign Ministry noted.

The ministry emphasized that today’s actions can become the beginning of a new wave of the prosecution of the Crimean Tatars.

“We urge the international society to immediately react to the actions of the Russian occupation authority. The political, economic and sanction pressure on the state aggressor should be enhanced to stop the violations of human rights by Russia in temporarily occupied Crimea, the release of illegally detained citizens of Ukraine and acceleration of the de-occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol,” the message said.

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As we reported Russian Security Service raided ten houses of the Crimean Tatars in an occupied village of Strohonivka, Simferopol region.

Later it was specified that 20 Crimean Tatars were detained in the result of the searches.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international, pan-Islamist political organization, which describes its ideology as Islam, and its aim as the re-establishment of the Islamic Khilafah (Caliphate) to resume the Islamic way of life in the Muslim world. It is banned in Germany, Russia, China, Egypt, Turkey, and all Arab countries except Lebanon, Yemen, and the UAE.


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