The leader of the Crimean Tatar nation Mustafa Dzhemilev intends to plead with the European Human Rights court should the occupational government of Crimea fail to free him from jail.
The leader of the Crimean-Tatar people, member of the Ukrainian Parliament Mustafa Dzhemilev expressed his hope that the statement made by the new President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko regarding the return of Crimea to Ukraine becomes reality. However he assured that the Crimean Tatars would not resort to violence over their unwillingness to live on the peninsula annexed by Russia. Mustafa Dzhemilev also stated that currently the Crimean Tatars have lost their most important achievement under Russian occupation – freedom.
On May 17, a rally commemorating the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars was held in Kyiv. The event ‘Light a fire in your heart’ took place on Mykhailivska square with the participation of the Crimean Tatar community and lasted an hour. As part of the event the contours of the Crimean peninsula, the number 70, the contours of the Crimean Tatar Tamga national symbol and the words ‘No genocide’ were formed from candles. The Head of the Crimean Tatar Medjlis Mustafa Dzhemilev that was recently banned entry to Crimea, MP Oles Doniy, and famous political Vasyl Ovsiyenko took part in the gathering.
“Now the Crimean Tatars are in a very difficult situation, like the one 70 years ago,” notes Tamila Tasheva, the event’s organiser and the head of the media department of the Crimean Tatar brotherhood in Kyiv. “The occupation athorities of Crimea pressure the Tatar population, forcing them to leave their homeland,” reports Gazeta.ua. On May 16, the first day of remembrance of the deportation of the Tatars in Crimea, the puppet government in Crimea headed by Aksyonov banned all mass rallies till June 6, as a result of which the rally ‘Light a fire in your heart’ planned to happen in Crimea was cancelled. Continue reading
Dzhemilev is the former Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and a member of the Ukrainian Parliament since 1998. The Meijlis has urged all Crimean Tatars to block the main highways of the peninsula in protest against the ban on entry of Dzhemilev.The Mejlis is the single highest executive-representative body of the Crimean Tatars. Their decision to protest was approved at a meeting of the Mejlis in Armyansk, reported Meijlis member Hayana Yuksel to the QHA news agency. Crimean Tatars have been arriving at the border from all regions of Crimea.
Participants of this protest are saying that the Crimean government “will dispatch” the entire Crimean militia force and OMON (riot police detachment) to Armyansk. There is also information that the road leading to Armyansk will be completely blocked, and civilians travelling along this road will be re-directed to Chongar.
Many Crimeans who have crossed border to meet Mustafa Dzhemilev are now being refused entry back to Crimea as tensions mount.
April 22, 2014
As reported by Ukrinform and the press service of the Federal Migration Service of the Russia Federation, the Federal Migration Service considers the document which is said to ban Mustafa Dzhemilev from entering Crimea to be nothing more than a “piece of paper”.
“We don’t have any such information. Why do you think he is banned from entering the Russian Federation? I can send you the same sort of document myself. You can send me one too. I saw it, and there’s simply nothing to comment on,” a representative of the press-service said. Continue reading
April 23, 2014
On April 22, 2014, when crossing the administrative-territorial border of Crimea with Ukraine, Mustafa Dzhemilev, [a leader of the Crimean Tatars], was served with a document prohibiting entry into the territory of the Russian Federation. According to this document, Mustafa Dzhemilev is prohibited from entering the territory of the Russian Federation for a period of 5 years (until April 19, 2019) on the basis of section 1 of Article 27 of the Federal Law on the Procedure of the Departure and Entry to the Russian Federation.
Paul Goble, originally on Window on Eurasia
Staunton, April 26 – Tatar organizations in the Middle Volga have nominated Mustafa Dzhemilev, the longtime leader of the Crimean Tatar national movement, for the Nobel Peace Prize, a step that calls attention to Dzhemilev’s efforts to defend his land against Russian aggression and growing ties between the Tatars of Crimea and the Tatars of the Middle Volga. Continue reading
Mustafa Dzemilev, leader of the Crimean Tatar community, Speaking at the UN Security Council.
On March 24, Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzemilev on air of Ukrainske Radio said:
“Only 34,2% of Crimeans actually took part in the pseudo-referendum on March 16. The Crimean Medjlis got hold of the data that was directed to the Russian FSB, where the real picture needs to be known, and not the propaganda one that they are disseminating. And on election day at 12 o’clock they were spreading information about an alleged 60% turnout. In addition, there was no binding to geographic location; you could have voted in one municipality and then go vote to another.”