European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule has said that Europe will keep tabs on the observation of the rights of the Crimean Tatars and relies on the support of the Ukrainian authorities in this matter, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"I think the fact that I am here today to mark the sad 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars is an absolutely clear signal that we will never forget about the Crimean Tatars," the commissioner told journalists in Kyiv on Friday, when asked about the infringement of the Crimean Tatars' human rights, in particular the prohibition of the mass mourning events in connection with the 70th anniversary of their deportation.
"Together with the OSCE Commissioner on National Minorities, we will look for ways to convey this issue (the protection of the rights of the Crimean Tatars) to the international community," the commissioner added.
Today, May 18 Crimean Tatars mark 70th anniversary of deportation in 1944.
Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people announced no mass rallies, traditionally held in Simferopol for the past 23 years, to take place in the capital of Crimea.
The anouncement comes a day after Crimean authorities banned all mass gatherings in Crimea toll June 6.