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EU issues statement following two-year prison sentence of Crimean Tatar leader

September 28, 2017

The European Union has released a statement following the sentencing of the Crimean Tatar leader and Deputy Chair of Mejlis, Ilmi Umerov, to two years in prison on 27 September.

“The sentencing of Mr Umerov is a serious violation of his human rights, another example of persecution of the Crimean Tatar community, and a further and clear illustration of the severe deterioration of human rights on the Crimean peninsula, as most recently documented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in his report published earlier this week,” the statement said.

“The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation and therefore does not recognise this ‘court’ and its sentence,” it added.

“The European Union is unwavering in its support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. We reiterate that all illegally detailed Ukrainian citizens on the Crimean peninsula and in Russia must be released immediately.”

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