Verkhovna Rada to vote for recognition of Crimean Tatars’ genocide

A draft law recognizing genocide of Crimean Tatars could not master enough votes at the Ukrainian Parliament.

11 November 2015 14:00

Draft law #2493а recognizing genocide of Crimean Tatars has failed to muster enough votes.

According to Andrey Parubiy, Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, the draft law will again be put to vote tomorrow because not enough MPs showed up for the today’s session of the Parliament.

He went on to say that the draft law had been amended and pre-debated.

The following line is reported to have been added to the draft law:

“The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine hereby declares that systemic pressure applied on the Crimean Tatar people, repressions against Ukrainian citizens for reason of their nationality, as well as ethnic and politically-motivated persecution of the Crimean Tatars and their bodies, such as the Mejlis, perpetrated by the Russian authorities in temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, starting from the date of temporary occupation, represents a deliberate policy of ethnocide of the Crimean Tatar people”.

“We should support our Crimean Tatar brothers, because us and them went through the most horrible moments of our common history,” said Oleg Lyashko, Leader of the Radical Party, urging the MPs to give their votes for the draft law.