“As of April 1st, around 3,000 people, mainly women and children, had fled Crimea after its annexation by the Russian Federation, out of fear for their own safety and future status. Eighty percent of these were Crimean MUSLIM Tatars.”
Andolu Agency Crimean Muslim Tatars are in a dangerously unsecure situation and have become a new focus of concern in the Crimean peninsula, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said in a report on Monday.
The report underscored human rights violations such as murder, physical assaults, intimidation and hatespeech against pro-Maidan activists and journalists.
“Those in Crimea also included Ukrainian military personnel and members of the Tatar community,” it said. The organization started a monitoring mission to Ukraine on March 3 after tensions rose following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.