Ukrainian human rights organization "Human Rights Protection Group" made a statement on the illegal detention of political prisoners Ali Asanov, Mustafa Degermendzhi and Akhtem Chiygoz, edition "15 minutes" reports.
Human rights defenders stressed that the "authorities" of the occupied Crimea pursue obvious repressive policies against representatives of the Crimean Tatar people. In particular, the "criminal proceedings" on the fact of participation of Asanov Degermendzhi and Chiygoz in a rally on February 26, 2014, under the walls of the Supreme Council of Crimea are aimed at discrimination of the Crimean Tatar people.
"The situation has obvious discriminatory character, since only the Crimean Tatars detained, but that day the pro-Russian demonstrators were at the rally too," − it is said in a statement the organization.
Human rights activists noted that Asanov and Degermendzhi did not testify against Chiygoz, paying the price for it with their freedom.
"Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi pay a high price for their support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine in the Russian-occupied Crimea, for their civic position", − it is said in a statement.
Let us remind, Ali Asanov, Mustafa Degermendzhi, Akhtem Chiygoz, as well as Eskender Kantemirov, Eskender Emirvaliev and Arsen Yunusov, who are out there, face prison for allegedly organizing a rally near the walls of the Crimean Supreme Council on February 26, 2014. Chiygoz may be awarded 10 years imprisonment as the main accused. The occupation authorities of the peninsula put the blame in this case solely on the Crimean Tatars. The victims are recognized the representatives of the so-called "Crimean self-defense". On July 20, 2016, the so-called Kyiv District Court of Simferopol divided the case "February 26". Now Akhtem Chiygoz judged separately from the other defendants − Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi.