OTTAWA (QHA) -

The leader of the Crimean Tatar people, MP of Ukraine, Presidential Commissioner on the Affairs of the Crimean Tatar People Mustafa Dzhemilev is on a visit to Canada where he will participate in a number of activities to commemorate the victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people, as well as to hold the thematic meetings on the issues of temporarily occupied Crimea, according to Dzhemilev’s Facebook page.

On the first day Mustafa Dzhemilev visited the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada, as well as the Embassy of Turkey. Following that he held a meeting with the Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons Robert Nolte, opposition MP Tony Clement and Linda Duncan (NDP). The parties discussed the support of the Crimean Tatar people, the current problems and human rights violations.

Dzhemilev also held a working meeting with the members of the House of Commons and Senators - representatives of the indigenous peoples of Canada. The meeting was attended by the Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada Andriy Shevchenko. The Canadian representatives Don Rusnak and Robert Falcon told about the Canada’s experience in addressing issues of indigenous peoples.

In addition, the leader of the Crimean Tatars delivered a speech at Carleton University, raised the issue of the future of the peninsula, and talked with a journalist Clerk Campbell, who is working on the article for the newspaper The Globe and Mail.

May, 18-19 Ottawa and Toronto are to host commemorating events, in particular, open lectures at several Canadian universities. May, 19 Toronto is to hold a mourning rally and raise the Crimean Tatar flag over the Ontario Parliament in solidarity with the Crimean Tatars.

Today, Ukraine honors the Crimean Tatar Remembrance Day of Genocide and Solidarity. May 18, 1944 the Soviet authorities conducted mass deportation of the Crimean Tatars from Crimea, accusing them of collaborating with the Nazis. About 238 thousand Crimean Tatars were evicted and 46%, mostly the elderly, women and children were killed in special settlements in the first years of deportation.

Today, Kyiv and Ukraine are holding a number of events: actions and mass rallies, thematic lessons in schools, thematic initiatives by social activists dedicated to the 72th anniversary of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people.

PHOTO: Facebook page of Presidential Commissioner on the Affairs of the Crimean Tatar People

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