Activists in Crimea are persecuted for taking part in solitary pickets
“On October 14, at 12 o’clock, on Armyansk-Simferopol road, on Voronezhskaya, street. Sofiyivka Useinov took part in a public rally conducted by Crimean residents under the guise of single pickets by holding a poster with the inscription “Muslims of Crimea are not terrorists or extremists. ” the protocol says.
The document states that Useinov is responsible for an offense he committed under the part 5 of Article 20.2 of Administrative Offenses Code (CAVL) of the Russian Federation.
In addition, On October 23, more than 10 people received summons requiring them to come the police station for drawing up an administrative protocol under Part 5 of Art. 20.2 of the Administrative Offenses Code of the Russian Federation
Dilyaver Asanov and Muslim Zevriev posted similar summons in social networks
The expert of the Crimean Human Rights Group Vissarion Aseev notes that the so-called summons, which were handed over to the activists, are formulated with numerous violations of the de facto existing procedural norms of the Russian legislation. For example, in some documents there are no signatures or seals, in case of non-appearance liability is not indicated, etc.
The activists were called to police due to single pickets, which took place on October 14 in Simferopol, Sovetskyi districts and in Staryi Krym. According to the activists, “Ukromnoye and Gvardieiskoye” The questioning were also conducted in Ukromnoye and Gvardieiskoye on the account of single pickets on October 14. The summons were also presented to the residents of Kirovskoye and Dzhankoi.
We recall that a series of single pickets against the reprisals of the security forces against the Crimean Tatars and Muslims were conducted on October, 14 in Crimea. The Crimeans, who on October 14 went out on pickets were handed the summons on October 17 in which they were obliged to come at the appointed time to the police department of the Nizhnyegorsk district “for a questioning on the material of the case 4085 dated October 14, 2017”.
The expert of the Crimean Human Rights Group Alexander Siedov notes that the European Convention on Human Rights prohibits the restriction of freedom of peaceful assembly, if it is not a threat to the national security of the state. People who conducted single pickets in Crimea on October 14 came out with calls to stop repression against Crimean Tatars and Muslims on the peninsula. Obviously, such calls do not pose any threat. In addition, even taking into account the repressive legislation of the Russian Federation, the coordination of single pickets with government is not required. According to the laws of the Russian Federation, it is possible to consider single pickets as a mass event, but only by a court decision. In protocols which have been already drafted there is no reference to such a decision. During the questionings of the picket participants, they stated that they had come to the action without a preliminary organization. Similar actions of the Russian authorities speak of a systemic pressure on Crimean Tatar and Muslim activists in Crimea.
Persecuting people for single pickets, the Russian authorities violate Art. 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights, guaranteeing freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.