KYIV (QHA) -

Yuri Stets posted an appeal on the MIP website emphasizing the need for a comprehensive and purposeful state policy regarding the rights of indigenous peoples. In particular, the Crimean Tatars’ right to restore the historical justice and prevent a recurrence of the tragic events that is consistent with the 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, according to the the minister.

- In today's political context it’s very important that the international community recognizes the Crimean Tatars’ genocide. The repression against the indigenous people by the Russian occupation authorities in Crimea become rampant, said Yuri Stets.

- In December 2005, the Kurultai of Crimean Tatars recognized the deportation of May 18, 1944 and the following decades of forced confinement of the Crimean Tatars in the places of exile as genocide against Crimean indigenous people. November 12, 2015 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine also declared the deportation as genocide, and Crimean occupation and the repressions against the indigenous people - ethnocide.

This government policy to restore the Crimean Tatars’ rights began with the parliamentary recognition of Crimean Tatars as Ukrainian indigenous people in March 2014, according to a statement by the Minister of Information Policy.

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