At the 93rd session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva Igor Barinov, Head of the Russian delegation to the UN Committee and Head of the Federal Agency for Nationalities of Russia, claimed that the authorities of Russia and the annexed Crimea "protect the rights of the national minorities of the peninsula", according to UNIAN.
Presenting the official report on the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by Russia, Barinov said that in the annexed Crimea "a set of measures was developed and being implemented to restore historical justice, political social and spiritual revival of the Armenian, Bulgarian, Greek, Italian, Crimean Tatar and German Peoples who were subjected to illegal deportation and political repression on ethnic or other grounds."
Barinov noted that the Russian Federation had historically evolved as a multinational state that retained all its ethnic communities that were part of it.
He went on saying that "authorities" in the Crimea are paying "great attention to creating conditions for the study of native languages" and support the media in the languages of national minorities.
“The Crimean Tatar language was given the status of a state language, along with Russian and Ukrainian languages, the "Millet" TV channel began broadcasting in the Crimean Tatar language, the national Tatar holidays also became state ones, cultural heritage sites are being restored, hospitals, schools, kindergartens and housing are being built,” he concluded.
Earlier on July 20, CrimeaSOS Deputy Coordinator Evgenia Andreyuk stated that over the past three years Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea are among those who are systematically persecuted in the sphere of their rights. Of the 18 cases of violent abductions from June 2014 to the end of 2016, 16 people are Crimean Tatars. Out of 66 politically motivated criminal cases, 37 of the accused are also Crimean Tatars.
Previously, the Head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker spoke in favor of continuing negotiations on Turkey's membership in the European Union. Juncker also touched upon the issue of Britain's withdrawal from the EU, noting that Brexit is a very complicated process, involving many problems. The Head of the European Commission compared the UK's withdrawal from the union with the "headache."