The CRC sent a report to the UN on violence against Crimean Tatar women

Анастасія Діденко
11:59, 05 February
The CRC sent a report to the UN on violence against Crimean Tatar women
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The Crimean Tatar Resource Center has prepared a report on Violence against Indigenous Crimean Tatar Women and Girls for the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and for the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Alsalem.

This was reported by the press service of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center.

The report “Violence against Indigenous Crimean Tatar Women and Girls” was provided to produce a thematic report to be presented at the 50th session of the Human Rights Council.

In addition, the report will be used in the development of a general recommendation on the rights of indigenous women and girls prepared by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

The head of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Eskender Bariev, told Public Crimea that the biggest psychological trauma for women is refusing to see their relatives in jail.

"Crimean Tatar Resource Center systematized and analyzed violations of women's rights during the occupation, as well as reflected those violations that occurred in 2021. When we talk about systematization, first of all, I would like to draw attention to the fact that a common form of psychological violence against women is the refusal to see their husbands. I mean women who are the daughters, mothers and wives of political prisoners. Most of them are activists seeking to free their husbands and sons from political captivity, "said a member of the Crimean Tatar People's Majlis.

It will be recalled that a press conference entitled “Women of Crimea - Victims of Occupation” dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women was held on September 3 at the UMCC press center. The event was organized by the Crimean Tatar Resource Center.

According to Tetiana Podvornyak, communications manager of the CRC, the problem has not been resolved in forty years - the Russian administration of the occupied Crimea has launched repressions and harassment of women on the peninsula, including Crimean Tatars.

Eskender Bariyev said that Russian security forces had made three attempts to prosecute (all three women are currently at large) and that two IDPs from Crimea were awaiting arrest in absentia. There were also two cases of pressure on lawyers and one of the forcible abduction of an activist to intimidate. The 12 worst deaths of public activists were the worst manifestations of the occupiers' abuse. And this is only during the occupation of Crimea.

"To date, 122 mothers have been left without sons, 67 wives without husbands and 103 daughters without a father", - the politician said.

Hundreds of women and girls were repressed and persecuted. Families of political prisoners who are left without male support are the most vulnerable.

Following the decision of April 26, 2016 to recognize the Crimean Tatar Majlis as an extremist organization and ban it in Crimea, the rights of four Majlis representatives were violated, as well as more than 200 members of the local and regional Crimean Tatar Majlis.

Eskender Bariev drew attention to 2021.

"We have recorded 21 cases of violations of women's rights. They are constantly fined for simply approaching the FSB building to find out where their husbands are. Socially active women are warned about the dangers, especially before the major holidays associated with the Crimean Tatar culture, "said the head of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center.

After Russia's occupation of Crimea in 2014, people's political rights began to be severely restricted on the peninsula due to their awkward civil position for Russia. Hundreds of activists have been subjected to such repressions, among whom women of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people occupy a significant place, the CRC points out.

"In this regard, we urge Russia to end discrimination and violence against indigenous Crimean Tatar women and girls, as well as to end the illegal persecution of all Crimean residents and the illegal occupation of Crimea, the homeland of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people", - was stated in the report.

Eskender Bariyev said that women continue to be persecuted for taking an active part in the Crimean Solidarity rally.

"Discriminatory issues are increasingly observed among local adolescents who have been influenced by propaganda of hatred towards Ukraine and the indigenous people. Accordingly, such cases are beginning to spread more and more on the occupied peninsula", - the Ukrainian Crimean Tatar politician summed up.

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