Press Release Regarding The Mounting Pressure And Unlawful Practices Against The Crimean Tatar National Assembly And The Crimean Tatars , 07.07.2014
No: 231, 7 July 2014
Mustafa Kırımoğlu, the leader of the Crimean
Tatar Turks and Refat Chubarov, President of the Crimean Tatar National
Assembly will pay a visit to Turkey today (7 July) upon the invitation of H.E
Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. During
their visit, the latest developments in Crimea will be discussed.
There is no legal and legitimate basis and no
valid explanation for the prevention of Refat Chubarov, President of the
Crimean Tatar National Assembly (CTNA) from accessing the Autonomous
Republic of Crimea from Kherson province and for the notification by the
so-called Prosecutor General of Crimea that his entry into Crimea has been
banned for 5 years. This practice constitutes a flagrant violation of
international law, especially of the European Convention on Human Rights.
It is conspicuous that this entry ban was put
into effect on the return from the meeting of the Crimean Tatar National
Assembly, organized in Kherson with the participation of Refat Chubarov,
President of the CTNA and Mustafa Kırımoğlu, the leader of the Crimean Tatar
Considering the fact that Mustafa Abdulcemil
Kırımoğlu, the leader of the Crimean Tatar Turks, was prevented from
accessing his homeland Crimea on 3 May and that the Crimean Tatar
National Assembly was threatened with closure, it appears that the democratic
policy which the Crimean Tatar Turks have followed within the bounds of
the law is disregarded; their achievements, obtained after long years of
peaceful struggle are not respected and independent representative bodies
cannot be tolerated.
We expect that this ban targeting Mustafa Abdülcemil
Kırımoğlu, the leader of the Crimean Tatar Turks and Refat Chubarov, President
of the Crimean Tatar National Assembly will be lifted immediately and we
call upon those who resort to illegitimate and unlawful pressure and methods of
suppression to change their attitudes.
We have no doubt that the Crimean Tatars will
overcome this extraordinary period that they have been going through, under the
leadership of the Crimean Tatar National Assembly, their sole legitimate
representative body, in unity and solidarity and through the legal
avenues and peaceful democratic politics. In this path, Turkey will continue to
stand by the Crimean Tatar Turks as it has always done.