: European Parliament to discuss violations of Crimean Tatar rights

15:39 May. 5, 2016

European Parliament to discuss violations of Crimean Tatar rights

Local residents carry Ukrainian and Crimean Tatars flags in the village of Chongar, Ukraine, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (AP photo)

Self-proclaimed Russian authorities violate the rules of native population on the peninsula

European Parliament is going to hold debates concerning Crimean Tatars' rights violations on the currently Russia-occupied Crimean peninsula. The issue is said to be on agenda for the upcoming plenary meeting, taking place next week in Strasbourg. According to the official website of the European Parliament, Crimean topic is planned on the last day, May 12.

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After Crimea was illegally annexed by the Russian Federation in March 2014 numerous Ukrainian and International human rights organisations reported the rights and liberties of the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar people on the peninsula were constantly being violated. This included prosecution, job firing, and illegal detention. Self-proclaimed Russian local authorities along with their Kremlin bosses deny all the allegations.

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Ukraine's Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) officially declared February 20, 2014, a beginning of Russia's occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Numerous world leaders strongly condemned the illegal annexation and launched a range of economic sanctions against Russia. Despite the overall resentment, Moscow rejects the notion "occupation", naming its deeds instead "a renewal of historical justice".

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