Brussels, 18/05/2015

Statement by the Spokesperson on commemorating the deportation of the Crimean Tatars

"The deportation of the Crimean Tatars, which took place 71 years ago today, was a tragic watershed in their history. On this anniversary it is sad to observe that a public commemoration in Simferopol has been prohibited. This is but the most recent example of the restrictions and intimidation faced by the Crimean Tatars.
The EU has consistently reiterated its concern about the deterioration of the human rights situation on the peninsula since the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014, including as regards the rights of persons belonging to minorities. The freedoms of movement, expression and media must be respected. International human rights actors must be provided with full, free and unrestricted access to the whole territory of Ukraine, including Crimea and Sevastopol."