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Activist Mustafayev writes letter to Harms

Server Mustafayev, a Crimean Tatar activist, asks to draw attention to the fact that "repression and persecution on the grounds of national belonging or religious belief are taking place in the internationally recognized “Ukrainian” Crimea”
09:50, 15 July 2018

Crimea. Reality

Server Mustafayev, a Crimean Tatar activist, arrested in the occupied Crimea, wrote a letter to Rebecca Harms, the member of the EU, as she reported on her website.

In his letter, Mustafayev tells that since 2014 “despite all the resolutions and decisions taken by the international institutions, repression and persecution on the grounds of national belonging or religious belief are taking place in the internationally recognized “Ukrainian” Crimea.”

“Unfortunately, beyond the dozens of missing people, we now count over 70 arrested individuals and more than 10 killed, we also face repeated incidents of torture, and endless attempts of intimidation aimed at inducing cooperation from the local security services,” Mustafayev wrote.

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According to him, 115 children remain without parents, dozens of mothers and wives are under a moral, physiological and emotional stress.

Then, he tells that he was acquainted with Rebecca Harms before his detention, so he hopes that she can estimate the accusations in terrorism incriminated to him and other Crimean activists.

“We, I personally and the others imprisoned in “Ekaterina’s jails”, do not regret our choice to follow the path of peaceful resistance in defense of the rights of the Crimean Tatar and Crimean Muslims, and all other political prisoners,” Mustafayev added.

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Besides, he added that he regretted the world’s reaction (to the situation in Crimea, - ed.) grew to more than four years.

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