More than three years after the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia, the human rights situation, notably that of the Tatar community remains troubling there. The sentence handed down to Akhtem Tchiigoz, Vice President of the Medjlis, the traditional assembly of the Tatars in Crimea, on September 11, unfortunately bears witness to this.
France and its European partners consider the prohibition of the activities of the Medjlis by the Russian authorities since April 2016 to be a violation of the rights of the Tatars. We therefore call for the release all those detained in violation of international law. We reaffirm that in accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 71/205, the non-governmental organizations and the regional and international human rights monitoring mechanisms must have unrestricted access to the entire Ukrainian territory, including Crimea and Sebastopol.
Furthermore, France reaffirms that it does not recognize the legitimacy of the organization or the results of the regional elections held in Crimea on September 10 by the de facto authorities. It remains attached to the full restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.