In the first half of 2021, the occupiers conducted 32 searches in Crimea, 13 of which were in the homes of Crimean Tatars
In the first half of 2021, the occupiers conducted 32 searches in Crimea, 13 of which were in the homes of Crimean Tatars. Human rights activists also recorded 156 detentions, 126 of which were involving Crimean Tatars. These figures are higher than last year.
This was announced by the Chairman of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center Eskender Bariev during the presentation of the analysis of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea for the relevant period.
According to him, during the searches there are repeated cases of property damage, searches in the absence of the owner and throwing prohibited literature.
Bariev also explained why so many detentions.
"In the winter of 2021, there was a case when people were stopped by cars near the Kerch Bridge in the direction of Rostov-on-Don, documents were checked, cars with Crimean registration - through Russian - were stopped, and Crimean Tatars were stopped on ethnic grounds", - he said.
In addition, human rights activists recorded 41 interrogations and 96 arrests on the occupied peninsula during the reporting period, as well as a number of violations of the rights of political prisoners.
Tetyana Podvornyak, manager of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, added that Crimean political prisoners had been placed in pre-trial detention centres and special units at least 20 times during the reporting period.
"The Russian authorities are systematically violating the rights of our compatriots. These are terrible conditions in pre-trial detention centres and colonies, non-transfer of medicines, provision of food containing pork, moral pressure, placement in solitary confinement, pre-trial detention centres, special units”, - she stressed.
What is known
- In 2020, 23 searches were recorded, of which 13 were in the homes of Crimean Tatars. Human rights activists also documented 48 detentions.
- On July 22, in Yevpatoria, the occupiers searched the house and shop of Crimean Tatars 57-year-old Ali Ibragimov and his son 27-year-old Mustafa Ibragimov.