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The freedom of peaceful assembly was roughly violated on the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Deportation in Crimea

Автор фото: Антон Наумлюк

This day has become another example of a systematic violation of fundamental human rights in Crimea. On the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatar People, activists, journalists and CHRG documented numerous violations of freedom of peaceful assembly and expression on the peninsula.

The de facto authorities used various ways to discourage peaceful assembly on that day. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation and the prosecutor’s office sent out “frightening” warnings about criminal responsibility to various Crimean Tatar activists. Police officers directly detained people for using Crimean Tatar flags, cleared away the gathered people, prevented access to memorable places where people usually lay flowers. In addition, it is already known that several people are being prosecuted administratively.

According to journalist Anton Naumlyuk, police detained and then released activist Suleiman Kadyrov, who tried to lay flowers to the monument to the victims of deportation in Feodosia.

“Server Kerametov (an elderly man with Parkinson’s disease) was detained in Simferopol for a single picket in Lenin Square. Few more people were detained with him. All detainees were taken explanations regarding an unsanctioned event and released. In addition, another 10 young people were taken to the Central Regional Department of Internal Affairs of Simferopol with the Crimean Tatar flag, “- said Naumlyuk.

Aishe Umerova published a video of Kerametov’s detention.

Police detained 5 cars with Crimeans that were travelling with Crimean Tatar flags in Bakhchisaray. This was reported by activist Ayshe Umerova on her social network page. According to the information of Ayshe Umerova, the drivers of these five cars were issued protocols and explanatory notes were taken. “Then they were sent to court, they face a fine of 10,000 rubles. Passengers will be held as witnesses. Seems like three more cars appear on police video, they are now being searched “, – wrote Ayshe Umerova.

Later, Umerova added that the courts over the Crimeans that were detained in Bakhchisaray will begin tomorrow, on 19 May from 14.00, half an hour for each: “Five court listenings over the drivers, the rest will apparently pass as witnesses. Potential fines are 10,000 rubles. The activists were released to their homes before the trial. ”

According to lawyer Nikolai Polozov, the court session on the case of Ahtem Chiygoz in Simferopol was cancelled. In his view, the reason for the cancellation is that the Crimean Tatars were going to go to lay flowers together with the victims of the deportation after the court session.

In Feodosia, the Interior Ministry officials did not allow Crimeans to lay flowers to the monument to the deceased during the deportation. The police accused people who come to lay flowers and worship a prayer, in organizing of an unauthorized mass event. Video about this activists posted in the social network Facebook.

In Simferopol, Russian police officers stopped and detained activist Osman Izmailov. The officers demanded to remove the national flag, but the activist refused. The policeman insisted that the driving with the Crimean flag is prohibited by the laws of the Russian Federation even for one car. After several minutes of talking with the policeman, Izmailov was released. The activist published a video of detention in Facebook.

Osmanov said that during the day he was detained several times.

The day before, on 17 May, the Crimean Prosecutor’s Office announced the warnings to Ilmi Umerov, Nariman Dzhelalov, Lemmar Yunusov, Emina Avamileva, Ilver Ametov and other Crimean Tatar activists about the “inadmissibility of violation of the law” and “extremist activities” on the Day of Remembrance of the Crimean Tatar people.

The head of the CHRG, Olga Skrypnik, called such actions of the Russian police officers a gross interference in the freedom of peaceful assembly:

“The Russian authorities again violated the basic principles of freedom of peaceful assembly: the presumption in favour of holding meetings, the obligation of the authorities to promote peaceful assembly and their protection, proportionality and non-discrimination. The collected facts of gross violations of freedom of assembly and expression of opinions on the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Deportation of the Crimean Tatar People will be handed over to relevant international institutions by the CHRG experts,”  – the human rights activist said.



Crimean citizens are recruited into the Russian army in violation of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of WarOn 30 July, 2017 another action was held in Sevastopol calling to serve under the contract in the Russian army. The citizens of Sevastopol again were recruited for military service. At the so-called “point of selection for military service on a contract basis” they distributed booklets with agitation to serve in separate coastal defence brigade 126 and in landing ships brigade 197 of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. Agitation was held in Sevastopol during the celebration of the day of the Navy on Nakhimov Square. According to the Crimea.Realii website, an exhibition of land military equipment was held on the same square; The exhibition included: a mobile coastal anti-ship missile system “Bastion” with a unified homing missile “Yakhont”, a mobile command and staff radio station, a floating wheeled armoured personnel carrier, an anti-aircraft missile system S-300 “Favorit” for the destruction of modern and prospective aircraft, a 122 mm missile-antiaircraft complex Grad, a multiple launch rocket system “Uragan”, an anti-aircraft missile system “Pantsir”, an air defence missile system “Osa”, a charging car, a self-propelled artillery “Gvozdika”. According to Russian media, the occupation authorities held a naval parade in the city, where military a demonstration fire was organized. The event began with the entrance of the three-masted sailing frigate “Khersones” to the Sevastopol Bay, at which students of the Ukrainian University (Kerch State Maritime Technological University) earlier had a maritime practice. According to local and Russian media, the training ship “Perekop”, missile cruiser “Moscow” and the diesel-electric submarine “Stary Oskol”, as well as the naval aviation Ka-27 helicopters and Su-30SM fighters, also took part in the military parade. Such actions of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine, which was occupied by it, grossly violate international humanitarian law and are prohibited by international conventions. The Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) earlier recorded the holding of similar agitation events for military service in the Russian army in the occupied peninsula. We remind you that Article 51 of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War explicitly prohibits the invocation of an occupying power in the occupied territory. The head of the CHRG, Olga Skrypnik, noted that among other things the Convention prohibits propaganda of the military conscription in the occupied territories, including all the advertising posters, various “patriotic” events in schools and universities where people are called to go to the Russian army. Both contractual and regular service are under the ban. Photos of the mobile point of military drafting and promotional booklets were made on 30 July in Sevastopol.

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