Berlin is concerned about the criminal prosecution of more than 80 Crimean Tatars by Russia on dubious charges and called on the Russian Federation to ensure the rights of the Crimean Tatar people.

It is set out in a statement published on the website of the German Foreign Ministry by the Commissioner for human rights and humanitarian assistance policy Berbel Kofler and government coordinator for inter-community cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the Eastern Partnership countries – Dirk Wiese.

“After the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia, which took place in the scale of international law violation, the situation of the Crimean Tatars deteriorated sharply. They are victims of systematic intimidation and harassment and are not able to freely express their beliefs.

The Mejlis, central government, is still banned, despite a temporary order of the UN International Court of Justice. Many Crimean Tatars left their homeland, which they recently regained,” Berlin said.