The Government of Ukraine expresses its deep indignation at the actions of the occupation administration, which has forcefully banned the leader of Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev’s entry to Crimea. By barring the veteran fighter for the rights and freedoms of the Crimean Tatar people from entering his homeland, the Russian side once again trampled the cornerstone principles of international law and clearly showed the world what hides beneath their cynical ‘concern’ for the right of all people to self-determination. This looks especially disgusting on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the tragedy of the Crimean Tatars—the deportation of these people, which was accompanied by the loss of tens of thousands of people.
The Government of Ukraine considers such actions against the long-term prisoner of Soviet camps and one of the leading founders of the movement for human rights in the Soviet Union a revival of Stalin’s repressive practices and and a playback of the Stalinist policies aimed at oppression of nations and ethnic discrimination.
The Government of Ukraine requires the immediate lifting of all restrictions and limitations imposed on the Crimean Tatar people and its leaders; cessation of harassment of civilians and the use of troops against them; an end to provocations against the Medjlis of the Crimean Tatar people; and the bringing to justice of the perpetrators of violence against Crimean Tatars and other nationalities in the occupied territory of Crimea.
Remember that liability for the crimes against the people is inevitable.
Translated by Alya Shandra, edited by Robin Rohrback