Turkish Foreign Minister made a statement about violation of the rights of the Crimean Tatars in the Crimea

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Turkish Foreign Minister, declares that occupational authorities of the Crimea keep on violating human rights, especially those of the Crimean Tatars.

Çavuşoğlu talked about it during the press-conference at the end of the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the NATO countries.

Minister described the visit of the unofficial delegation to the Crimea in order to study the human right situation on the peninsula. Upon completing its mission delegation returned to Turkey.

“The delegation was divided in two parts in the Crimea. Part of the delegation attended the meetings that were organized by the de facto “government of the Crimea”. The rest of the delegation worked in the streets in order to get first hand impressions on the state of human right in the Crimea. They talked with a great number of different people.”

He emphasized that members of the delegations communicated with ordinary citizens and the representatives of the civil society.

Çavuşoğlu informed that two days ago he had a meeting with the members of the delegation, who shared their assessment of the situation in the Crimea.

“Obviously, they will submit a detailed report and after that I will be able to share its results with you”, announced Çavuşoğlu. He also mentioned that the data collected by the Turkish delegation will be shared with international human rights organizations.

Çavuşoğlu concluded by saying: “It is my impression that violation of human rights in the Crimea is still going on and that the rights of the Crimean Tatars are being violated.”

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