Canada Calls on Russia to Reverse the Decision of Banning Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People
Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne made a statement on the 76th anniversary of the forced deportation of Crimean Tatars by Soviet authorities in 1944.
“Canada does not forget the tragedy and the suffering endured by the hundreds of thousands of children, women and men forcibly deported from their ancestral homeland.”
Mr. Champagne emphasised that Canada stands with the Crimean Tatar people in honouring the memory of those killed and all who suffered.
“Canadian government continues to be concerned by the ongoing human rights violations committed against Crimean Tatars in the Crimean Peninsula under Russian occupation, including the banning of the Mejlis – the self-governing body of the Crimean Tatars. We call on Russia to reverse this decision,” he added.
The Minister also indicated that Canada would always stand up for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.