Crimean constitution does not concern indigenous peoples: Chubarov

10 April 2014 11:42

The draft new constitution of Crimea, which will be submitted for approval by Crimean Parliament, April 11, does not take into account the Crimean multinational specificity, there is almost not a word about the status of nations and ethnic groups in Crimea, as well as their right to self-determination.

Head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov said on the air of Crimean Chernomorskaya channel.

“Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people have submitted the suggestions that, in our opinion, should have been included in the text of the Constitution of Crimea.  For example the issue on recognizing the Mejlis as a higher representative body of Crimean Tatar people. Today's draft constitution does not provide this considered in the constitution.”- Mr.Chubarov said.

Head of Mejlis emphasized that the constitutions of other republics of Russian Federation, such as Tatarstan ,Udmurtiya,Komi and others, are based on the role and rights of indigenous peoples.

Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people did not take part in writing Crimean constitution.

Constitutional commission included Crimean Tatars, opposed to Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, among them Crimean MP Lentun Bezaziev, professor of Tavrida National Vernadsky University Ayder Memetov and activist of Crimean Tatar National Movement Homer Baev.

April 11 Crimean Parliament is due to adopt a new constitution for the region, which has been already agreed upon with the Kremlin.