OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, and James Bezan, Shadow Minister for National Defence, issued the following statement on the recent arbitrary arrests of Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea:
“The politically motivated and arbitrary sentencing of five Crimean Tatar men by the puppet regime in the occupied Crimea is an affront to democracy and international human rights, and Conservatives will not hesitate to denounce these unacceptable actions.
“Since Russian forces illegally occupied Crimea, they have continued to suppress fundamental rights and freedoms, including the right to the freedom of conscience and right to a fair trial. The Kremlin has often used repressive measures against those opposing its official narrative. In Freedom House’s annual report for 2019, Crimea under Russian occupation is classified as ‘Not Free’. The report states that, ‘Russia’s occupation of Crimea has included targeted repression of Crimean Tatars and those who insist on maintaining their Ukrainian identity.’
“As a global leader on human rights, Canada should denounce the arbitrary detentions and unwarranted house searches of Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians living in the occupied peninsula. Canada must use the Conservative Magnitsky sanctions law to ensure that foreign actors violating human rights and international laws are held accountable. Vladimir Putin’s regime must adhere to the international treaties and agreements it has subscribed to and immediately stop repressive measures in the occupied Crimea.
“Canada’s Conservatives will continue to stand with Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars, and all those fighting to uphold freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.”
For additional Information:
Office of Hon. Erin O’Toole, MP
Office of James Bezan, MP