President of Ukraine

Mustafa Dzhemilev: Russia violates the Geneva Convention of 1949

22 November 2017 - 12:01

Mustafa Dzhemilev: Russia violates the Geneva Convention of 1949

APU Head Ihor Rainin held a meeting with the delegation of the Congress of local and regional authorities of the Council of Europe. The meeting was attended by Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Affairs of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev. He informed the delegation on the situation with human rights violations in Crimea.

APU Head Ihor Rainin held a meeting with the delegation of the Congress of local and regional authorities of the Council of Europe. The meeting was attended by Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Affairs of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev. He informed the delegation on the situation with human rights violations in Crimea.

“The occupation of Crimea has become a tragedy for hundreds of thousands of people, including those who supported the invaders,” Mustafa Dzhemilev said. He informed that “the occupational government persecutes those who express their position against the occupation”. He emphasized that the special tragedy of the situation lies precisely in the attitude of the occupational Russian authorities to the indigenous population of Crimea, the Crimean Tatars, who "survived genocide and deportation in 1944, and are now experiencing pressure and repression even greater than in the days of the Soviet regime”.

The Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Affairs of Crimean Tatars informed that “even today, now, Crimean Tatars in Bakhchysarai are being searched”. He emphasized that the occupational Russian regime brutally violates the Geneva Convention of 1949 "On the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War"” using “its legislation” in the occupied territory, which is forbidden by this international document.

“I am deeply concerned and upset by the human rights situation in Crimea,” President of the Congress Gudrun Mosler-Törnström said. She noted that the Congress has information on the oppression of Crimean Tatars and numerous human rights abuses in Crimea and closely monitors the situation on the Crimean peninsula occupied by Russia.

In his turn, APU Head Ihor Rainin thanked the Congress “for a clear and decisive condemnation of the illegal annexation of Crimea". "We greatly respect the Congress's principled position regarding Crimea during the last session,” Ihor Rainin emphasized.