Delegation of the European Union to the Council of Europe

EUDEL Statement on human rights violations against and the illegal detention of Crimean Tatars by the Russian Federation

Strasbourg, 09/04/2019 - 10:14, UNIQUE ID: 190409_4
Statements on behalf of the EU

  1. We remain deeply worried about the deteriorating human rights situation in illegally annexed Crimea where, as recently highlighted by the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Crimean Tatars continue to be disproportionately affected by police raids and prosecuted under terrorism and extremism-related offences in proceedings falling short of human rights standards.
  2. A court in the Crimean peninsula has ruled that all 23 Crimean Tatars detained on 27 March and 28 March will be held in pre-trial detention until 15 May.  The European Union does not recognise the enforcement of Russian legislation in illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol and expects the Russian Federation to end these practices, release without delay all illegally detained Ukrainians and take all necessary steps to ensure that human rights and fundamental freedoms can be exercised by all in Crimea, without discrimination on any grounds.
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