The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People has said that the current Crimean authorities continue to violate human rights and the rights of the Crimean Tatars on a large scale.
As a response, the Mejlis has called on the Crimean people to boycott the local elections scheduled for September 14. As we have reported, Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula was annexed by Russia in March with a pretext that a fake referendum proclaimed the willingness of the majority of its population to join Russia. "The last few months in Crimea have been characterized by massive violations of human rights and the rights of the Crimean Tatar People, by the de facto authorities formed on the peninsula as a result of its annexation. These violations include a lot of heinous and dramatically outrageous events and facts demanding not only a political but legal assessment and reaction as well," reads the statement by the Mejlis. The authors of the document noted numerous violations, including the unknown fates of public activists who disappeared in March, and the fact that Crimean Tatars having been prosecuted for meeting Mustafa Cemilev, former Head of the Mejlis, on his arrival to Crimea, which led to unjustly large monetary fines. Cemilev himself was barred from entering the peninsula for five years. "The Crimean Tatars were prohibited from meeting in traditional places to conduct rallies that had become truly national... at the same time, such restrictions weren't implemented for representatives of other ethnic groups," reads the statement. According to the Mejlis, it has become a common practice for Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) to conduct "soul-winning" talks. It has also become common for members of the Crimean Tatars' national self-administrations, journalists and representatives of NGOs to receive "prosecution warnings." The Mejlis once again confirmed its June resolution not to nominate candidates for deputies of the Crimean State Council and for positions in representative municipal agencies of the Republic of Crimea; and to call on all Crimean citizens, regardless of their nationality to boycott the September elections.