Chubarov: No Mention of Crimean Tatar Detainees in Possible Prisoner Exchange
At the Normandy Four Summit in Paris, an 'all for all' prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia was discussed
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Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov, believes that the results of the Normandy Four summit exclude Crimean Tatars from the upcoming possible exchange of prisoners.
“They encourage the Trilateral Contact Group to promote the release and exchange of detained conflict-related persons by the end of the year based on ‘all-for-all’ principle, starting with ‘all identified for all identified,’ assuming that the international organizations, including The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will be granted full and unconditional access to all detained persons.
“There are no Crimean political prisoners, the vast majority of whom are Crimean Tatars, in this wording…
“I have a question to the Foreign Ministry and the closest aides to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky: Who wrote the text of the Common Agreed Conclusions?” Chubarov posted on Facebook.
Since the invasion and illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, Crimean Tatars have been a regular target of Russian intimidation and arrest. Numerous Tatar people are currently either being held in detention awaiting trail on questionable charges or have already been charged and are imprisoned inside Russia.