Platform calls for attention to the cause of the Tatars in Crimea

Kiyv / Prague, 18 September 2015. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience supports its Members, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars, in their blockade of Crimea which is to begin this Sunday. The Platform calls on the international community to uphold the rights of the Crimean Tatars and the human rights and democratic freedoms in Crimea.

By their desperate blockade, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars want to attract international attention to the persecution and discrimination they face in Russian- occupied Crimea.

The Platform joins the Mejlis in calling for immediate release of Mejlis Deputy Chairman Akhtem Khiygoz and all other Ukrainian citizens in unlawful Russian detention, for the raise of the entry ban to Crimea for other leading Mejlis representatives including Mustafa Dzhemilev, winner of the 2014 Prize of the Platform, for the re-establishment of freedom of press in Crimea, for the freedom of entry for foreign journalists and human rights observers to Crimea and for an immediate end to administrative harassment and criminal prosecution of Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians in Crimea.

Crimea must stay in our focus and we call on European leaders to put the rights and rightful demands of the Crimean Tatars on the agenda of any political discussions with Russia,“ says Platform President Göran Lindblad.