The Crimean Field Mission expresses its concern about the increasing number of reports of human rights violations against members of the Crimean Tatar people.
On May 15, the Crimean Field Mission learned that Shevkie Taymazov’s home was searched by FSB officers (Russina security service). They informed the Taymazovs that their grandson, Enver Asanov, domiciled at this address, was suspected of a felony, but they refused to give more specific information. The FSB press service in Crimea and Sevastopol refused to comment on the situation.
In addition, partners of the Crimean Field Mission in Simferopol reported that about 15 FSB officers raided the home of Ali Khamzin, head of the Mejlis Foreign Relations Administration. They asserted that the house was raided because Ali Khamzin’s business cards were supposedly found on members of Pravy Sektor. Khamzin is currently in Kyiv and his son, who also lives in the house, was summoned to appear before the FSB on May 16.
The Crimean Field Mission reminds that that the right to liberty and security of persons and the right to a fair trial are fundamental human rights as laid down in the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The Convention prohibits discrimination in the enjoyment of rights and freedoms on any ground such as sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.
The Mission addresses the official structures that have positioned themselves as the government of the Republic of Crimea, the Ukrainian government and especially law enforcement agencies to adhere to the following requirements:
1) to carry out an immediate investigation of these cases and provide public information about the circumstances of the incidents;
2) to take all necessary legal measures to prevent human rights violations against members of the Crimean Tatar people and representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.
The Mission appeals to international and national human rights institutions, primarily to organizations in Russia and the CIS countries, to pay particular attention to the human rights situation in Crimea and take part in permanently monitoring possible cases of politically motivated persecution.
The Crimean Field Mission began working on March 5, 2014 under the auspices of the International Human Rights Groups monitoring the situation in Ukraine.
The purpose of the human rights Field Mission is to ensure that the monitoring process is in compliance with fundamental human rights and separate elements of human rights protection in Crimea by making sure that human rights activists and relevant experts are present in the region and by providing information about events in the Crimea. The Mission is guided by principles of non-violence and non-discriminatory practices and assumes a position of political neutrality and legal principles.