Canada may recognize deportation of Crimean Tatars as genoci

The bill has been registered in the Parliament of Canada.

30 September 2016 18:37

Canadian Parliament will consider a bill on condemnation of the genocide of the Crimean Tatars and establishment of the Deportation Remembrance Day, reported Ukrinform.

The corresponding bill was registered by Kero Diotte, a deputy for the opposition Conservative Party of Canada.

My bill condemns the dark page of the history and expresses the principled support of freedom, democracy and the rule of law, Diotte said.

Once the bill is passed, Canada will recognize the mass deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide and establish the May 18 the Deportation Remembrance Day.

In 1944 the Soviet regime, headed by Joseph Stalin, pulled out hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children from their homes in the Crimea and cast them in the permanent exile only because of their nationality. They were deprived of freedom of movement, expression and religion, until the end of the Soviet Union. It is a crime against humanity, said the deputy.

According to him, the bill is extremely important as the annexation of the Crimea has once again exposed to danger the Crimean Tatars.

Today they again face the attacks on self-government bodies, places of worship, and independent media. <...> Canada has always been a staunch and loyal friend of Ukraine, and we should show our leadership again, summed up Diotte.

November 12, 2015 the Verkhovna Rada adopted a resolution recognizing the deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 as the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people. Ukraine has become the first country in the world to take such a decision.

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