A press-conference titled “Russia deports Crimean Tatars from Crimea regardless national and international laws” is taking place in Kyiv.

The conference is attended by head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, Chubarov’s deputy on affairs with Turkey, General Coordinator of Crimean News Agency Ismet Yuksel, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Valeria Lutkovska and Executive Director of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Arkady Bushenko.

Speaking during the conference, Ismet Yuksel stressed that he lived in Crimea legal, implementing charitable projects. He noted that in 2002 he was granted an award of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyivan Patriarchate for creating an interethnic dialogue.

Yuksel also described his deportation from Crimea in August, noting that his basic rights were violated.

Ismet Yuksel has been banned from entering Crimea for 5 years. The reason for the ban was not given.

Earlier Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Jemilev and head of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov were banned from entering the region for 5 years.