NEW YORK (QHA) -

The country-occupier, the Russian Federation, aims to drive away Crimean Tatars from Crimea, that is why the indigenous people should not leave their land, the member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, the director of the agency QHA ("Crimean News") Gayana Yuksel told the UN News Service.

“It is very difficult to imagine the situation of people in the Crimea, because they are pressured not only for a public demonstration of their position, they are pressured even for their likes and reposts in social networks. But this does not mean that they agree [with the occupation]. They should not leave, because that is what the Russian Federation wants, that is its purpose: To drive away all the Crimean Tatars, to expel them from Crimea."

Commenting on the journalist's remark that "part of the (Crimean Tatar) community found its place in today's conditions in the Crimea," Gayana Yuksel recalled that when Russia began the seizure of the Crimea in February 2014, the overwhelming majority of the Crimean Tatars opposed the occupation.

“We remember, we still have old people who remember a soldier with a gun walking into the house ...”

A member of the Mejlis stressed that the status of the Crimean Tatars as an indigenous people of the Crimea will soon be recognized at the legislative level.

“We are not just a community and not fellow tribesmen. We are the indigenous people, who live in their historic homeland. Now, by the way, a bill on the status of the Crimean Tatar people has been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. This is another step in the recognition of the Crimean Tatars as the indigenous people of the Crimea.”

Yuksel noted that the decision of the International Court in the Hague demanding the Russian Federation to resume the work of the representative body Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people demonstrates the support of the international community not only to the Crimean Tatars, but also to Ukraine as a whole.

Earlier, April 24 at the 16th UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, a side event was held entitled "Indigenous Crimean Tatar people. Keeping the Dream".

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