Canada Appalled by Death of Crimean Tatar Activist

March 18, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada is appalled by reports of the torture and death of Tatar activist Reshat Ametov in the Crimean region of Ukraine.

“Mr. Ametov, who had been missing from Simferopol since March 3, 2014, after he attended a protest against Russian military intimidation, was found dead today in Belogorsk. According to a report from Human Rights Watch, his body bore signs of torture.

“Canada strongly condemns the use of violence against peaceful protesters. We have repeatedly expressed our support for the Ukrainian people, including Crimean Tatars, who have spoken out courageously in support of a free and democratic Ukraine.”

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