Contents tagged with Crimean Tatars

  • Crimean Tatar leader: Putin visited Crimea to 'reassure' the people

    The head of the Central Election Commission of the Crimean Tatars, Zahir Semdlyaev, believes that the purpose of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the Crimea on March 18th was to “soothe the Crimean people who live in poor socio-economic conditions.”

    "He arrived to promise, to reassure local residents a little, to say that we must still be patient for about another hundred years, and then everything will be fine for sure. But in any case, they [the officials] are fine now, and about …

  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: The situation in Crimea remains critical

    During a UN Security Council meeting regarding compliance with human rights in the Crimea, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid al-Hussein mentioned that the situation in the Crimea remains critical and requires constant monitoring by the international community, as stated by the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

    The restriction of civil and political rights of Crimean residents, the lack of freedom of expression, and the atmosphere of intolerance are of particular concern …

  • Ukrainian MFA: Ban of Crimean Tatar Mejlis is reminiscent of forced deportations in 1944

    According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign affairs, the attempts of the Russian-Crimean authorities to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People is evidence that Russia is attempting to oust the Crimean Tatars from the occupied Peninsula, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    "We regard the plans for the banishment of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People on the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea to be a deliberate imposition by Moscow of a sentence on the presence of the Crimean Tatar people …

  • Poroshenko urges Turkish Parliament to recognize deportation of Crimean Tatars as genocide

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on the Turkish Parliament to recognize the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1942-1943 as a genocide, as reported by the President’s spokesman, Svyatoslav Tsegolko, on Twitter.

    The protection of the rights of the Crimean Tatars is one of the issues being discussed by Poroshenko with Turkish leaders during his visit to Ankara.

    Moscow has faced criticism over reports of human rights abuses against Crimean Tatars following Russia’s annexation of the …

  • Pavlo Klimkin: Russia carries out large-scale human rights violations against Crimean Tatars

    According to Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin, Russia is violating the rights of the Crimean Tatars.

    This was stated by Klimkin during his speech on Tuesday, March 1st at the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, as reported by Evropeiskaya Pravda.

    According to him, Russia, as an occupying power, carries out large-scale human rights violations on the Peninsula, especially in regards to the indigenous population- the Crimean Tatars.

    “They carry out a …

  • Crimean Tatar leader issues statement on anniversary of deportation of Chechen and Ingush peoples

    The head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars, Refat Chubarov, issued a statement on Tuesday on the anniversary of the forced deportation of the Chechen and Ingush peoples in 1944 to honor the memory of the victims of state repression.

    “72 years ago, on February 23rd, by the communist regime of the USSR, a special operation began on the total deportation of the Chechen and Ingush people from their historical lands. Over half a million people were forcibly evicted, about half of the Ingush and …

  • Ukraine's 2016 Eurovision entry is dedicated to the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944

    The representative of Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest, Jamala, will perform her song entitled "1944" about the deportation of Crimean Tatars by the Soviet regime during World War II. Viewers and judges voted for Jamala to perform the song.

    The song is sung in English with a refrain in the Crimean Tatar language. According to Jamala, whose real name is Susana Jamaladinova, the song was inspired by her great-grandmother's experiences during the deportation.

    "That terrible year changed …

  • Nikolai Svanidze: The situation for Crimean Tatars is 'terrifying'

    A member of the Council of the President of the Russian Federation on the issues of the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, Nikolay Svanidze, said that "the situation with the Crimean Tatars is terrifying”, as reported by Krim.Realii. He said this during the program "Minority Report" on the Ekho Moskvii radio station, which was broadcast on February 12th.

    According to him, it's necessary to respond to the human rights violations in Crimea.

    "We definitely must respond. In the Human …

  • The European Parliament calls on Russia to cease human rights violations in Crimea

    The European Parliament (EP) condemned the "unprecedented level" of violations of the rights of Crimeans, in particular Crimean Tatars, in the annexed pensinsula. Members of the EP supported the relevant resolution at the plenary session in Strasbourg on Thursday.

    The EU institution "strongly condemns the unprecedented level of human rights violations”, in particular, “under the pretext of fighting extremism and terrorism carried out against the Crimean people, primarily against the Crimean …

  • Russia places Crimean Tatar leader on wanted list

    A court in Simferopol arrested Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev in absentia and placed him on the Russian Federation’s wanted list. Dzhemilev was one of the organizers of the blockade placed against the occupied Crimean Peninsula.

    According to his lawyer, Jamil Temishev, Dzhemilev is suspected of violating Russian law on three counts, though he did not elaborate which articles exactly Dzhemilev is suspected of violating.  The warrant for the arrest of the former Leader of the Crimean …