Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Remembering Crimea

"NGOs offer to "restore Crimean Tatar autonomy within Ukraine""

 Restoration of the Crimean Tatar autonomy within Ukraine will help return Crimea and restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity, that’s according to the representatives of the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar civil society and human rights organizations who spoke at an UNIAN press conference on Tuesday.  "In the matter of restoration of territorial integrity of Ukraine, we suggest the mechanism be used of the legal personality of the indigenous people of Crimea - Crimean Tatars. It is the restoration of legal personality before the law of the Crimean Tatar people subject to the policy of ethnocide, which will strengthen international pressure on the Russian Federation to provide for the liberation of the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea," said Sinaver Kadyrov, the human rights activist, Crimean Tatar representative of Azatlyk human rights organization.
He also noted that despite the statements by the Ukrainian authorities that the Crimea is not forgotten, "we came to a disappointing conclusion that the state has no real program for de-occupation of Crimea," said Kadyrov. A memorandum was presented at the press conference on the restoration of legal personality before the law of the Crimean Tatar people. The memorandum was signed by several NGOs, including Azatlyk, Anti-Corruption Movement led by former SBU security service chief Valentyn Nalyvaychenko, Peace Council Foundation charitable organization, Millet, Vetan, Qırım, and individual human rights activists.
"Signing this memorandum aims at liberating our Homeland from the invaders and restoring the Autonomous Republic of Crimea as a national-territorial, that is the Crimean Tatar, Autonomous Republic of Crimea as part of a unified, independent and democratic Ukraine," reads the memorandum. An activist of the national liberation movement Erfan Kudusov noted that the initial establishment of some state authorities of the Crimean Tatar national-territorial autonomy in mainland Ukraine would let them be included in international negotiations. In turn, the representative of the charitable organization Peace Council Foundation, Yulia Zaitseva, spoke on the need to amend the Constitution with a special section securing national-territorial autonomy.
^ It is important that the Ukraine and the rest of the world does not forget the Crimea or those displaced (the Ukrainians and Tartars) when Russia invaded, occupied and annexed the Crimea. It shouldn't matter what other events happen around the world or if Russia finally decides to open itself up to the world. The Crimea needs to be returned to the Ukraine and the Tartars (the only true original inhabitants of the Crimea) given full say over the affairs there. ^

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