: French MPs defame Crimean Tatars by visiting occupied peninsula – human rights activist

11:46 Aug. 1, 2016

French MPs defame Crimean Tatars by visiting occupied peninsula – human rights activist

Chairman of the Crimean State Council Vladimir Konstantinov, French MP Thierry Mariani, and unidentified French and Russian officials at a monument to 'Polite People' who conducted the annexation of Crimea in 2014. (Getty Images)

Opinion piece by Halya Coynash says parliamentaries participated 'in a shameful propaganda show'

The deputies of the French parliament who on July 29-30 visited the Russian-occupied peninsula of Crimea did not only violate Ukraine's law but also defamed the abducted Crimean Tatars.

That's according to an opinion piece titled 'French Collaborators Kiss Monument to Russian Invaders of Crimea' by Halya Coynash. In her article, the journalist and human rights activist states the French delegation took part "in a shameful propaganda show, denying flagrant human rights violations under Russian occupation and slandering Crimean Tatars who have been abducted, and very likely murdered."

Coynash underlines the deputies' arriving from Moscow without Ukraine's permission was openly flouting the UN Resolution on Crimea from March 27, 2014, which France endorsed.

On July 29-30, the delegation of 11 French parliamentarians led by National Assembly deputy, former transport minister Thierry Mariani once again visited the Russian-occupied Crimea.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has condemned the visit.

The Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has slammed the trip saying they were "outraged by impertinent ignorance of Ukrainian and International law."

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