A conference "Massive human rights violations in occupied Crimea" has been launched within the framework of a meeting of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars (WCCT) today, April 11.

During the discussion of problematic situation of human rights in the Russian-occupied peninsula Emanuelis Zingeris, Deputy Chairman of the Chair of the Committee of the Seimas of the Lithuanian Republic for Foreign Affairs,  asked Refat Chubarov’s opinion on the opening of the Mejlis Representative Offices in Brussels.

“We will do our best to have at least one representative in Brussels. The main thing is personnel and, of course, financing solutions. This is an important issue in terms of the effective activity of the Crimean Tatars Mejlis. We are currently working to resolve this issue. I think that with the beginning of a new political season, there will be at least one our representative. We plan to attract volunteers as well,” Chubarov said.

He also added that the issue of opening the Mejlis Representative Office in Washington will be discussed at tomorrow's WCCT Executive Committee meeting.

“We are now on the site of the worldwide Crimean Tatar Diaspora, which brings together representatives of our people around the world. Of course, we will discuss these issues,” assured Refat Chubarov, Head of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars.  

The World Congress of the Crimean Tatar people is the structure uniting the Crimean Tatars who live in their historic homeland, in Crimea, as well as in the Diasporas (Turkey, Romania, Poland, USA, Canada, Lithuania, Western Europe and Central Asia). 

The first session of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars was held on May 9, 2009 in Simferopol/Akmesdzhit and attended by 420 delegates from 13 countries with Refat Chubarov being elected the Chairman. 

The second meeting, which was attended by 180 members of the Crimean Tatar public organizations from 12 countries, as well as the authorized representatives of government circles, public organizations and media, was held on August 1-2, 2015, Ankara. In the course of the meeting it was decided to establish the international public organization the "World Congress of the Crimean Tatars" in order to promote internationally the national self-government bodies of the Crimean Tatar people. The WCCT re-elected the Chairman Refat Chubarov, as well as the members of the Congress Executive Committee, which included 21 representatives, and members of the Audit Commission. 

Three meetings of the Executive Committee were held in Romania and Ukraine (in Kiev and in the village of Chongar, Kherson region), the fourth session is being held on April, 11-13, 2016 in Vilnius (Lithuania).