ANKARA (QHA) -

World Congress of the Crimean Tatars sent an appeal to the government bodies of different countries calling to recognize the deportation of the Crimean Tatars of 1944 genocide.

Translated into English, the appeal was formulated by the Head of the Audit Commission of the Kurultay of the Crimean Tatar people and the member of the WCCT Executive Committee Ali Ozenbash in accordance with the decisions taken by the sixth Congress of the organization in Kyiv in the past year.

Mass deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 with the purpose of the complete destruction of this people was classified as a crime in WCCT appeal. In accordance with international law, such crimes considered genocide. Thus, the Congress calls on the government bodies appealed to recognize the events of 1944 genocide.

The document covers the events of the Deportation of 1944 and all the inhuman crimes of the Soviet regime against the Crimean Tatar people, as well as draws attention to the current situation of the Crimean Tatars.

The WCCT appeal was sent to about 300 government bodies in Europe, America, Latin America, Africa and the Member States of Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization at the United Nations.

Earlier, November 12, 2015 Ukraine recognized the deportation of the Crimean Tatars of May 18, 1944 as genocide, which is also mentioned in the WCCT appeal.

The statement was signed by the General Secretary of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars Namık Kemal Bayar.

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