Right to decide fate of Crimea belongs to Crimean Tatars

Final resolution of the fourth meeting of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, held in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius April 11-13, has been released.

13 April 2016 13:11

Following the statements made during the conference "Massive human rights violations in the occupied Crimea", it has been approved that the future of the Crimean peninsula and decision of his fate belong exclusively to the indigenous people of Crimea – the Crimean Tatars. Any decision of the Crimea’s fate without considering the Crimean Tatars’ will is not fair.

The Congress participants also assured the world community of their readiness for an open dialogue at the international level and called on the world to make greater efforts to implement the de-occupation of Crimea.

Based on the results of the discussions, the World Congress of Crimean Tatars adopted the following list of requirements:

1. The European Union, the European Parliament and all national parliaments, which respect human rights and freedom, peace and democracy, should recognize the Crimean Tatars as indigenous people of Crimea, and the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars - the self-governing body of the Crimean Tatar people, as well as develop mechanisms of cooperation with the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars.

2. To condemn crimes against humanity that have been directed against the Crimean Tatar people, the European Parliament and all national parliaments and institutions should recognize the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people on May 18, 1944 as genocide.

3. The Constitution of Ukraine sections relating to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea should be adjusted based on the rights and will of the Crimean Tatar people, as well as autonomy, which is based on the geographical, administrative and national statehood of the Crimean Tatars.

4. Ukraine should adopt laws for the legal recognition of the Kurultai of Crimean Tatars and the elected Mejlis of Crimean Tatars as self-government bodies of the Crimean Tatar people.

The World Congress of the Crimean Tatar people (WCCT) is an organization bringing together Crimean Tatars living in their historic homeland of Crimea, as well as Turkey, Romania, Poland, USA, Canada, Lithuania, Western Europe and Central Asia.

A first meeting of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars, held in Simferopol /Aqmescit on May 9, 2009, was attended by 420 delegates from 13 countries. At that meeting, Refat Chubarov was elected the organization’s Chairman.

A second meeting of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars, held in Ankara on August 1-2, 2015, was attended by 180 members of Crimean Tatar NGOs from 12 countries, as well as authorized representatives of government circles, NGOs and media. The meeting’s participants decided to establish an international non-governmental organization called ‘the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars" in order to promote Crimean Tatar self-governing bodies internationally. Refat Chubarov was re-elected Chairman of the World Congress of the Crimean Tatars at that meeting. Members of the Congress’ Executive Committee, comprised of 21 representatives, as well as members of the Audit Commission, were also elected during the meeting.

Three meetings of the Executive Committee were held in Romania and Ukraine - in Kiev and in the village of Chongar, Kherson region. The fourth meeting is now underway in Vilnius, Lithuania, and will go on from April 11, 2016 to April 13, 2016.