Canada deeply concerned by human rights violations in Crimea

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September 26, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement on the significantly deteriorating human rights situation in the Crimean peninsula under continued Russian occupation:

“We are unreserved in our condemnation of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, and will continue to call for the protection of the rights of all those residing in the Crimean peninsula.

“On September 25, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released its first report dedicated entirely to the situation of human rights in Crimea, despite not having been provided access to the peninsula by Russian authorities since March 2014. The report documents grave human rights violations committed by state agents of Russia in Crimea, including arbitrary arrests and detentions, enforced disappearances, ill-treatment and torture.

“Canada is deeply concerned about the serious human rights violations committed against the residents of Crimea. We call on Russia to respect its obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law. We call for the release of all political prisoners that it holds, including Oleg Sentsov, Mykola Semena and all those others who have bravely spoken out against Russia’s actions in Crimea.

“We also reiterate our recent call on Russia to release Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz, who serves as a powerful reminder of the disproportionate targeting of the Crimean Tatar community by Russian authorities.”

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