Russian forces raided house of first deputy head of Mejlis in Crimea: Nariman Dzhelal's whereabouts remains unknown

Crimean Tatars
Canan Kevser
04 September 2021, 20:39
Фото: QHA media
Canan Kevser
04 September 2021, 20:39

Russian occupation forces in Crimea have raided and searched the house of Nariman Dzhelal, first deputy head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar People. The whereabouts of Dzhelal, who was forcibly detained and abducted by the occupiers with an unmarked vehicle, remains unknown.

On the morning of Saturday, September 4, FSB officers searched Dzhelal's house in the village of Pervomaiske, Simferopol region of Crimea.

Speaking to Crimean Solidarity NGO, Nariman’s wife Leviza reported that the ‘search’ began around 7 a.m when nearly 12 men in masks burst in after knocking on windows and doors. Dzhelal himself opened the door to the men and, she was forced to stay in a separate room with the couple’s four children. Leviza Dzhelal said that no person provided documents to identify themselves and explain the purpose of this supposed search.

According to her, they took Nariman's phone and laptop away, and left, with Dzhelyal, in an unmarked car and without any indication of where they were taking him.

Ombudsperson Denisova: Russia's home searches in Crimea are gross violation of international norms

Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova called the international community to put pressure on Russia, indicating that recent searches in the houses of Crimean Tatars are grossly violating international law.

"The occupant country is again persecuting and intimidating Crimean Tatars. Searches in the houses of Ukrainian citizens are a gross violation of international norms, including Article 5 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which guarantees everyone the right to privacy, and Article 8 of the Convention - the right to respect for private and family life,” Denisova wrote.

The ombudsperson called on the international community to respond to the illegal actions of occupation authorities and increase pressure on Russia to stop violations of the rights of Ukrainians in the temporarily occupied Crimea.