"Russian authorities put political pressure on Congress delegates - residents of Crimea - creating an atmosphere of lawlessness and repression and trying to prevent them from leaving the peninsula to attend the event. We consider such actions of the occupation authorities deliberate violation of human rights and international norms and neglect of universal values," the statement reads. The ministry also emphasized that the absence of representatives of the Crimean Tatar activists from Crimea will be another evidence of "illegal actions of the Russian side, its terror against dissidents."
"We condemn the attempts of the Russian authorities to restrict freedom of expression and movement of the Crimean Tatar activists. We call on strict observance of human rights in the occupied Crimean peninsula, in particular, removal of barriers hindering participation of representatives of the Crimean Tatar people in the II World Congress of Crimean Tatars," the statement reads.
As reported before, Russian security forces deliberately summon members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people for questioning to prevent them from participation in the II World Congress of Crimean Tatars to be held in August 1-2, Ankara (Turkey). Earlier, the chairman of the Majlis, MP Refat Chubarov said the preparatory work for the II World Congress of Crimean Tatars scheduled for August 1-2, Ankara (Turkey) was completed. According to him, the congress will be attended by some 200 plenipotentiary delegations of the Crimean Tatar public organizations from Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Canada, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, USA, Romania, Turkey, France and other European countries.