EU concerned about Mejlis ban request and violation of human rights in occupied Crimea, - Mogherini

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini is concerned about the ongoing violations of human rights and attempts to ban the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars in the Russian-occupied Crimea.

This is stated in EU foreign policy chief's statement on the second anniversary of the annexation of Crimea, Censor.NET reports.

The document reaffirms EU's "deep concern at the military build-up and the deterioration of the human rights situation in the Crimean peninsula."

"This includes the denial of freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of religion and belief, and the persecution of persons belonging to minorities, in particular the Crimean Tatars. The filing of a request to ban the activities of the Mejlis, a self-governing body of the Crimean Tatars, as an extremist organisation, is a particularly worrying development," the statement notes.

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"The EU calls for full compliance with international human rights standards and other obligations under international law. All pending cases of human rights violations such as enforced disappearances, torture and killings should be thoroughly investigated," the document reads.

Mogherini draws attention to the situation around Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko detained and sentenced in breach of international law.

In her opinion, they should be immediately released and guaranteed a safe return to Ukraine.

On the second anniversary of the annexation of Crimea by Russia, several countries expressed support for Ukraine's territorial integrity, the non-recognition of the Crimean 2014 "referendum," as well as the strengthening of sanctions against Russia.

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced Feb. 20, 2014 the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by Russia. On Oct. 7, 2015, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the relevant law. International organizations have recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea illegal and condemned Russia's actions. Western countries have introduced a series of economic sanctions. Russia keeps denying the occupation of the peninsula and calls it a "restoration of historical justice."Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n379786