EU reacts to new arrests of Crimean Tatars in Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Union expects that all illegally detained Ukrainians will be released without delay
16:13, 30 March 2019


The European Union called on the Russian Federation to stop illegal actions against Crimean Tatars in the occupied peninsula. This is stated by the EU spokesperson on Foreign policy Maja Kocijančič, Yevropeyska Pravda reports.

"The Crimean peninsula court ruled that all 23 Crimean Tatars, detained on March 27 and March 28, will stay in the remand center until May 15.

They are accused of belonging to the Hizb ut-Tahrir organization, which is banned in Russia, but not in Ukraine. The EU does not recognize the observance of Russian legislation in Crimea and Sevastopol and expects that all illegally detained Ukrainians will be released without delay, "the statement said.

The EU emphasizes that recent arrests and preliminary searches of private property are an attack on Crimean Tatars, human rights activists and people who have peacefully opposed the annexation of Crimea.

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"Such actions confirm the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which states that Crimean Tatars continue to suffer from police raids and are persecuted under the pretext of terrorism and crimes related to extremism in processes that do not meet human rights standards," the EU states.

Kocijančič stressed that the European Union expects the Russian Federation to end these practices and take the necessary measures to ensure human rights and fundamental freedoms in Crimea without any discrimination.

We recall, on March 27, officers of the FSB, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia and the Russian Guard detained 23 Tatars. They were accused of participating in the Hizb ut-Tahrir religious organization banned in Russia. Later, the court of the occupied Simferopol arrested the detainees until May 15.

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