August 7, at the office of the Crimean Tatar resource center, a working meeting was held among partners for the implementation of the program "Initiation of the movement of legal solidarity with the Crimean Tatar people with the help of modern educational technologies".
Participants in the working meeting included the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova, member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Riza Shevkiev, Head of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Eskender Bariev, expert of the Estonian Institute of Human Rights Oliver Loode and representatives of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
Eskender Bariev told QHA that the program will run for a year and a half. According to him, the initiators of this project are the Crimean Tatar Resource Center and the Estonian Institute of Human Rights.
“The idea is to promote the development and creation of a civilian international movement for the de-occupation of the Crimea. This program will facilitate the start of these processes,” Bariev explained.
The Head of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center expressed hope that the implementation of the program will also help the Ukrainian state, as President Petro Poroshenko has repeatedly spoken about creating a platform of Ukraine's friends for the de-occupation of Crimea.
"We consider the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar diasporas, as well as members of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars and our friends in many countries of the world to be the target group for the implementation of our program," he stressed.
According to Bariev, the program will develop an international information campaign strategy, create and strengthen a network of activists in Western countries that will work systematically in this direction.
“We will work with the network of activists through seminars and trainings. A calendar of events will also be developed. Everything is done with a view to drawing attention to the violation of human rights in the Crimea, annexation and occupation of the Crimea, so that politicians would react to the lawlessness of the Russian Federation," he said.
Previously, in November 2017, the head of the Verkhovna Rada Foreign Affairs Committee Anna Hopko said that Ukraine was planning to create an international platform, similar in format to the tripartite contact group in Minsk to discuss the issues of the annexed Crimea.