SIMFEROPOL (QHA) -

Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people issues a statement saying they consider the refusal to re-register Crimean Tatar media as violation of rights and interests of Crimean Tatars.

“Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people considers the refusal to re-register Crimean Tatar independent media as violation of their rights, on the strength of the article 16 of UN Declaration on indigenous peoples, which reads that “indigenous peoples have a right without any discrimination to create their media in their native language and have free access to all the media, which does not belong to them”- Mejlis said in the statement.

“Thousands of people, who understood the special role of national media, which preserves and develops Crimean Tatar language, culture and traditions, made every effort to create Crimean Tatar independent media during the years of returning to their historical Homeland.

The only reason for the only Crimea Tatar channel ATR, Crimean Tatar channel for children Lale, Crimean Tatar FM station Meydan, newspapers Avdet and Qirim as well as the Crimean News agency to stop operating in Crimea is that the authorities are refusing to re-register them [within the laws of Russian Federation].

The leadership of the media has repeatedly appealed to proper institutions to be re-registered within the law, still they were refused the license to continue their work.

Such a discriminating actions of the authorities, forcing the Crimean Tatar media to stop operating in the region, have aroused burning indignation of Crimean Tatars, with the action “Do Not Kill ATR” being held either in Crimea or other countries, where the diaspora lives. The issue is now being discussed on the international level”- reads the statement of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people.

QHA