Article titled “Kissinger’s Edict on Crimea” by Ayla Bakkalli, the Executive Member of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, USA, Representative of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, USA, published by New Eastern Europe (NEE), has been selected as the 4th out of top 10 most read articles in 2017 by NEE readers.
Ayla Bakkalli brings into analysis a thematic discussion which took place at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2011 on the Doctrine of Discovery based on a preliminary study on a very specific argument that can be traced back to more than 500 years, known as Papal Bulls of 1452, the Romanus Pontifex.
The study had great deal of support given the totality of experiences by indigenous peoples in the hands of the occupiers. The impact on indigenous peoples of the doctrine which in essence gave authority to colonizers to claim indigenous lands and the authority of the people to whom the land belonged simply because they were looked upon as "barbarians", "savages", "uncivilized" and, "backward".
Ms. Bakkalli states, even today we witness the ongoing manifestations of this doctrine toward indigenous people, such as occupation of indigenous lands without given their right to self-determination; militarization of indigenous lands without their prior informed consent; extinguishment of indigenous rights and the prevalent discrimination are very much alive as in the occupation of Crimea and the treatment of the indigenous Crimean Tatars of Crimea, Ukraine.
New Eastern Europe (NEE) readers interests are Central and Eastern European affairs who seek high quality in depth analyses and ideas that are emerging out of the "new Europe". Ms. Bakkalli supposes the relevance of this past doctrine to contemporary events in Crimea reflected the validity of the study and perhaps provided an explanation into the root of the continual deportation and occupation of indigenous Crimean Tatars of their homeland first by Czar Catherine in 1782, then the en mass deportation by Soviet Russia in 1944 and, today occupation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014.