On the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine once again draws attention to systemic violations of the indigenous peoples’ rights in Crimea and Sevastopol, says a statement issued by the MFA of Ukraine and published on its website.

“On the day the international community pays tribute to significant contribution of indigenous peoples to development of world civilization, native peoples of the Autonomic Republic of Crimea are forced to resist the oppression of Russian occupation authorities. Deprived of the right to live freely in their historic homeland, the indigenous people of occupied Crimea experience the oppression of Russian repression machine, “ the statement says.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasizes that Russian authorities ‘defiantly ignore’ fundamental rights of the Crimean Tatars, who lived through a tragedy of forceful deportation more than 70 years ago. The MFA stresses systemic limitations on religious freedom, freedom of assembly, applying pressure on indigenous peoples’ representatives, primarily Crimean Tatars, to cause them to renounce Ukrainian citizenship, as well as suppression of their ethnic identity.

Illegal arrests and murders of Crimean Tatar activists are continuing, persecution of Crimean Tatar media outlets and journalists is intensifying, while leaders of Crimean Tatar People, respected by the international community, are banned from entering Crimea.

‘Russia must get out of Crimea, stop the blatant infringement of core human rights and liberties, and discontinue forced displacement of native people from the peninsular,’ the agency stresses.