Lviv hosts the 2nd Crimean forum considering the issues of de-occupation, freedom and human rights in Crimea on the background of current trends in the world.
A small delegation of the Crimean Tatars is represented by the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, the Mejlis members, as well as veterans of the national movement Ayshe Seitmuratova and Sinaver Kadyrov. The Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev is currently in New York on a working visit.
Forum moderator, the Deputy Head of the special commission of the Kurultai of the Crimean Tatar people, a historian Gulnara Bekirova recalled that the Crimean forum held is the second.
“Unfortunately, we hold this event out of Crimea, because the fate of the Crimean Tatars and Crimea is quite dramatic during the recent events,” she said.
Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov thanked the organizers for the opportunity to hold a Crimean forum in Lviv within the framework of the Ukrainian forum.
Chubarov said that the main objective of the Crimean forum is to ensure admissibility of the USSR human rights movement.
“At that time several statements were adopted, one of them said that the future of Russia is threatened by its past. Today we can see that it has become prophetic. Now that Russia's past has become the present. Two-year occupation confirmed our predictions and premonitions. Russia actively and purposefully turns Crimea into a military base, respectively, all realms of society are deteriorating. The occupying power is not able to sustain all of the Crimean people, so Russia purposefully supplants the population disloyal to Russia, including the Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians,” Chubarov said.
He noted that currently the aggressor country relocates the family members of numerous representatives of the law enforcement bodies to settle in Crimea, as well as those who are willing to settle in Crimea on domestic programs.
“Crowding off the unwanted population, Russia is trying to change the demographic composition of Crimea,” the Chairman of the Mejlis said.
Refat Chubarov also said that Crimea is now undergoing a period of fear and intimidation, arrests occur as well as murders, kidnappings.
“22 of our compatriots deprived of their liberty. Chiygoz has already been almost two years in jail. Ilmi Umerov was subjected to punitive psychiatry. Just like in Soviet times, in order to maximize the crush of the Crimean Tatars, to split them, to use the whole arsenal of methods and information attacks. To achieve their goals, they banned the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people,” the politician concluded.
The national movement veteran Ayshe Seitmuratova told that she has participated in the national movement since 1964, so she was arrested twice.
“We were charged with inciting national hatred, can you imagine? They awakened the consciousness in me and I began to fight. We have always tried to proceed from all Soviet laws. We required the compliance with all the laws that affected us, but we were put in prisons and labor camps. Do not be confused, we are not the Mongols. We were forcibly included to the Mongol conquest in the Russian terminology. We are the Kipchak people. We are ancient Turks. We have never used guns, pen and paper were our weapons. We fought for national self-identity, trying to preserve our culture at home,” she said.
Ayshe Seitmuratova appealed to all the peoples of the Russian Federation with a request to call upon the government to stop the repression against the Crimean Tatars, and urged the international community to assist in this matter.
The 1st Crimean Forum was held under the auspices of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in Simferopol on May 17, 2012. The Crimean Forum took over the mandate to voice opinions of former Soviet political prisoners on the latest socio-political processes in the world. In 2012, the Crimean Forum supported the Crimean Tatar people in the struggle for their rights. This year the event was held in Lviv, since it is impossible to collect such a forum on the peninsula now because of its occupation.