Turkish Foreign Ministry decries human rights violations in Crimea, oppression of Crimean Tatars
The Russian occupation authorities in the Ukrainian territory of Crimea continue to violate human rights, and especially those of the Crimean Tatars, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Thursday at the closing press conference following the meetings of NATO Foreign Ministers in Antalya, Turkey, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
The minister said an informal Turkish delegation that visited Crimea to study the human rights situation on the peninsula had returned to Turkey after completing its work.
"The delegation was divided into two parts in Crimea. A part of the delegation attended meetings organized de facto by the ‘government of Crimea,’ while the rest of the delegation worked on the ground to study human rights problems in Crimea and the corresponding state of affairs, and they talked with lots of different people," he said.
According to Çavuşoğlu, the members of the delegation dialogued with both ordinary citizens and representatives of civil society.
Çavuşoğlu also said that two days ago he met with members of the delegation, who shared their observational estimates on Crimea.
"And of course, they will present a detailed report, and then I will be able to share its results," he said, adding that the data collected by the Turkish delegation will be submitted to international human rights organizations.
"My impression is that the violation of human rights in Crimea is continuing, and the Crimean Tatars are oppressed," Çavuşoğlu said.