Hearings in the EP is a breakthrough for Crimean Tatars

27 September 2013 13:18
Simferopol (QHA) - The main issue during special parliamentary hearings in the European Parliament in Brussels yesterday, September 26, was discriminatory situation of the Crimean Tatars in Ukraine. Ali Khamzin, head of external relations department of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people said this to QHA. According to Khamzin, these hearings logically follow the meeting of the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule with Crimean Tatars and Mejlis representatives in Crimea a week ago. As reported, during a meeting at the Crimean Council of Ministers on September 19, Mr. Fule openly called on Ukrainian authorities to find consensus on the Crimean Tatar issue as well as officially recognize Mejlis in the legal field. “This is a success. I didn’t expect the hearings to be organized so soon, only a week after Mr. Fule’s visit to Crimea,” states Khamzin. During the hearings, members of the European Parliament Inese Vaidere (Latvia) and Emine Bozkurt (Holland) have focused on the fact that Crimean Tatars face open discrimination upon their return to Crimea after deportation. “This is a rather good result. Hearings have been held and the EU supported the idea to conduct Forum on Crimean Tatar issues in 2014. I believe we should continue working, communicating with the EU politicians and drawing their attention to our problem”, stresses Khamzin. In addition, Khamzin announced intentions to invite Inese Vaidere and Emine Bozkurt to Crimea to familiarize with the situation on the spot. “Today, when Ukraine has all chances to integrate into Europe, we need to make it to consider the Crimean Tatar issue. Ukraine should declare implementation of obligations regarding restoration of our national rights, including political”, adds Khamzin. As reported, on September 26, the European Parliament in Brussels held special parliamentary hearings on the report of the External Relations Service of the European Union “On the urgent human rights situation in relation to Crimean Tatars”. Earlier, Polish human rights activists, who visited Crimea, sent an appeal to Stefan Fule to conduct hearings at the European Parliament on discrimination of Crimean Tatars in Ukraine. On September 19, Stefan Fule visited Crimea along with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara. They took part in the round table, dedicated to interethnic relations in Crimea.