Today, an all-Crimean meeting, dedicated to the International Day of Human Rights took place in Simferopol. Such meeting is held annually on December 10 by Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people and Crimean Tatar public organizations.
This year the meeting was attended by more than 3 thousand people. They held Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar and EU flags and posters “Crimean Tatars are the indigenous people of Crimea. We will not allow to further ignore our rights!”, “Democracy in Ukraine is impossible without restoration of rights of Crimean Tatars!”, “We support Ukraine’s Euro integration” and others.
Members of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people and veterans of the Crimean Tatar national movement spoke at the meeting. Also, MP of Crimea Leonid Pilunskiy, head Ukrainian People’s party in Crimea Oleg Fomushkin, coordinator of Euro-Maidan in Crimea Sergey Kovalskiy came to support the Crimean Tatars.
The participants adopted a resolution, in which they listed claims to the President of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Parliament: namely, to adopt by May 18, 2014 the law of Ukraine “On restoration of rights of persons deported on ethnic grounds” and to institutionalize higher representative bodies of Crimean Tatars- Kurultay and Mejlis. They also called on the Crimean residents to join efforts in protecting human rights.
Afterwards, people walked to the building of the Crimean Parliament.
Note: International Day of Human Rights is celebrated annually on December 10 at the suggestion of the UN General Assembly, since 1950. On this day in 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.