Ukraine Urges International Partners to Recognize Tatar Deportation as Genocide
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called on the world community to recognize the Tatar deportation from Crimea in 1944 as genocide
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called on international partners to honor the victims of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people and to recognize the 1944 deportation as genocide.
The official statement on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Crimean Tatars and honoring the victims of genocide against the Crimean Tatar people was released on the MFA website.
“In the name of restoring historical justice, we urge our international partners to honor the innocent victims of deportation, condemn this crime of the totalitarian communist regime and recognize the deportation of Crimean Tatars from Crimea in 1944 as genocide of the Crimean Tatar people,” reads the statement.
The Foreign Ministry recalled that the forced eviction of Crimean Tatars from the territory of their historical residence, the deliberate creation of living conditions that led to mass deaths of Crimean Tatars in places of special settlements, the restriction of livelihoods had all the signs of genocide according to international law.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine recognized the deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide of the Crimean Tatar people. On April 23, 2019, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people adopted an appeal to the parliaments and governments of the UN member states “On Recognition of Genocide of the Crimean Tatar People”.
“Ukraine highly appreciates the statement by the Saeima of Latvia dated May 9, 2019 regarding the 75th anniversary of the deportation of Crimean Tatars and support of the policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea, in which the 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars was recognized as genocide,” the report reads.
The Foreign Ministry once again noted that “the Russian Federation has occupied and is carrying out an attempt of illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which is an integral part of the territory of Ukraine, and also pursuing the Crimean Tatar people in occupied Crimea.”
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry once again urged the Russian Federation to stop the violation of human rights in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, immediately release all political prisoners, and ensure compliance with the obligations of the Russian Federation as an occupying state in accordance with international law.