The Member States of the PACE express their grave concern over the series of disturbing violations of the rights of Crimean Tatars and their leader Mr. Mustafa Dzhemilev by the self-proclaimed pro-Russian Crimean authorities including:
- pressure exerted on Mr. Mustafa Dzhemilev who has been banned from entering Crimea by the self-proclaimed Crimean authorities because of strong support for Ukraine’s unity and criticism of the actions of Russia’s leadership;
- unlawful detention of Mustafa Dzhemilev’s son, Mr Hayser Dzhemilev, as a hostage of the occupying authorities of Crimea and Russia in violation of Article 5 of the European Convention of Human Rights for exerting additional pressure on the leader of Crimean Tatars;
- frequent unlawful searches in Crimean Tatars’ homes and offices, groundless criminal proceedings, obstacles to free disposal of their property, restrictions put on the exercise of the right to peaceful assembly.
Members States of the PACE call upon the Russian authorities to respect the rights of Crimean Tatars and urge the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to insist that Russia respects its obligations as a MemberState of the Council of Europe.