The Seimas of Lithuania called on the international community to pay attention to the violation of human rights in the occupied Crimea, according to a resolution passed by the country's parliament on May 22.

The resolution was adopted in connection with the 74th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people.

“The situation with respect for human rights in the Crimea, especially the Crimean Tatars, has deteriorated significantly," the resolution says.

The document noted that Crimean Tatar activists who do not accept the occupation authorities are being persecuted, "they are found dead with signs of torture or these people are being prosecuted in the courts".

The Seimas of Lithuania called on Russia to revoke the decision to recognize the representative body of the Crimean Tatar people Mejlis as an extremist organization, and to lift the ban on entry to the Crimea to representatives of the Mejlis. The MPs demand to release all political prisoners and stop violating the rights of the Crimean Tatar people.

Earlier, the US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiation Kurt Volker said that the occupation of Crimea by Russia led to serious violations of human rights on the annexed peninsula.

He noted that Russia can return the Crimea to Ukraine just as it regained independence to the three Baltic countries, although they were considered Soviet republics for several decades.

Volker further noted that sanctions will be imposed against Russia until it returns the annexed peninsula to Ukraine.

Source: Polish Radio