Contents tagged with Crimean Tartars

  • German Human Rights Commissioner outraged at sentence given to Akhtem Chiygoz in Crimea

    German Human Rights Commissioner Bärbel Kofler is outraged at the eight year prison sentence given to Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz on September 11 in the Kremlin-controlled Crimean court, as announced on September 13 by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    “The sentence is a further reduction of rights of the Crimean Tatars on the peninsula following the Russian annexation,” Kofler observed.

    Kofler called it unacceptable to put people in prison for expressing their political opinion. …

  • Court in the annexed Crimea sentences Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz to 8 years

    The Kremlin-controlled Supreme Court of annexed Crimea sentenced Akhtem Chiygoz, one of the leaders of the Crimean Tatar people, to 8 years of general regime imprisonment, Krym.Realii reports.

    The court made the ruling on September 11, informing Chiygoz’ lawyer Oleksandr Lesovy of the special ruling after multiple delays.

    Roughly 100 people came to support Chiygoz in court.

    President Petro Poroshenko condemned the sentence, posting on Facebook:

    “The Akhtem Chiygoz case is yet another …

  • Lithuanian ambassador to Ukraine: Lithuania concerned about human rights violations in Crimea

    Lithuania is extremely concerned about human rights violations in the annexed Crimea, including the rights of the Crimean Tatars, with whom Lithuania has close historical ties.

    Ukrinform reports that Lithuanian Ambassador to Ukraine Marius Janukonis, who took part in the 4th Baltic-Black Sea Economic Forum as part of a delegation led by the Lithuanian Seimas Chairman Viktoras Pranckietis, spoke about this topic on September 1 at a briefing in Kherson.

    "This is the first such visit at the …

  • Ankara: Turkey will stand up for the rights of Crimean residents

    Turkey will stand for the rights of Crimea’s residents and the Crimean Tatars, stated Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yıldız at a conference dedicated to the reforms in Ukraine, Anadolu news agency reports.

    Yıldız expressed confidence that despite the tense situation in the Crimea and the Donbas, Ukraine will become stronger. He also emphasized the significance of implementing the Minsk agreements.

    “This agreement, despite the discontent over the process of its implementation, still …

  • Ukraine: Crimean Tatar leader Chiygoz’s prolonged incarceration is further evidence of existing injustice in Crimea

    The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry believes that the extension of the arrest of Akhtem Chiygoz, one of the leaders of the Crimean Tatar movement, until October 8, is further evidence of injustice in the annexed Crime, as stated by Mariana Betsa, official spokesperson for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, in a comment for Krym Realii.

    “The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry decisively condemns the occupation authorities of the Crimea for extending the preventive measures with respect to the detention of …

  • Crimean Tatar leader: Sanctions against Russia should remain in place until they completely withdraw from the Crimea

    The leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Mustafa Dzhemilev expressed hope that the European Union would continue a consistent policy towards the Crimea and that the sanctions would remain in effect until it is completely de-occupied.

    "Sanctions are the main thing for “de-occupation.” The European Union’s decision is very motivating because in the Crimea, repression has intensified against citizens who remain faithful to their state. I hope that these sanctions will continue until the complete …

  • Representative of Crimean Tatars said Russia is trying to conceal human rights violations in the Crimea

    Russian authorities are attempting to hide incidents of human rights violations in the Crimea but their attempts have so far been unsuccessful. This opinion was expressed by a member of the Mejlis, Eskender Bariev, live on Radio Krym.Realii on June 14.

    He noted that despite Russia's attempts to demonstrate prosperity in the Crimea, the Mejlis have collected facts that prove the violation of collective rights of Crimean Tatars on the peninsula. Bariev went on at length to explain the situation: …

  • Chubarov insists that Russia has increased persecution of Crimean Tatars

    Despite the judgment of the UN International Court of Justice on the renewal of Mejlis activity in the annexed Crimea, Russia has increased repressions against Crimean Tatars, according to Crimean Tatar leader Refat Chubarov.

    “[The repressions] remain systematic and are increasing. There is no evidence that the occupiers will with any regard for the UN judgment. This is a paradox concerning the UN International Court of Justice. Russia can’t help but to carry out the judgment. Not only was it …

  • Leader of the Crimean Tatars: The Crimea will return to Ukraine within our lifetime

    Refat Chubarov, Member of Parliament and the Speaker of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, believes that the Crimea will return to Ukraine during the lifetime of the present generation.

    "I always say very confidently here: it will happen much sooner than the Kremlin would like. It will be within our lifetime. We will return to the Crimea; it cannot be otherwise," he said in an interview with Apostrophe news website.However, he believes that it will happen as a result of diplomatic, rather …

  • Leader of the Justice civil-political movement: Crimea was lost because Tatars were unrepresented in Kyiv

    The leader of the Justice civil-political movement, Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, believes that the Crimea was lost because of a systemic mistake made by Ukrainian authorities.

    "The key mistake of all Ukrainian branches of power, including the President, was that the representatives of the Crimean Tatar people were almost completely unrepresented in the Ukrainian authority structure, both in Ukraine, and in the Crimea. This includes the government, courts, law enforcement agencies, and in particular, …