The Coordinating Council of the Youth Congress of the Crimean Tatars (YCCT) has published an appeal to Ukraine and the world, as well as a final declaration of the first meeting of the Youth Forum the "Crimean Future" held in Kiev on May 30-31.
The Spectrum of the YCCT decisions is extensive. Thus, it was decided to appeal to the World Congress of Crimean Tatars in order to create a collaborative platform for addressing issues relating to the Crimean Tatar youth, as well as to implement further plans of the Youth Congress.
In the future, the Coordinating Council shall assess the ability of the international organizations and foundations to carry out the youth projects, particularly in the European Union, Ukraine and the Republic of Turkey. In addition, the Council will assist in the creation of new youth organizations and promote the cooperation with the existing ones.
According to the statement by the Coordinating Council, the YCCT website will cover different languages so as to expand the information space. The YCCT Coordinating Council has come up with two appeals at once: to Ukraine and the world.
The appeal to Ukraine tells that, first of all, it is necessary to introduce changes to the Constitution of Ukraine in order to create the Autonomous Republic of Crimean Tatars in Crimea and, secondly, to recognize the Crimean Tatars as the indigenous people of Crimea in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Issues.
As stated in the document, the other requirements encompass: the recognition of the diplomas obtained by the Crimean Tatar youth in occupied Crimea and other countries; tackling the educational problems; providing support for the projects on the development and preservation of the Crimean Tatar culture, and especially on the education of the Crimean Tatar youth; immediate implementation of the decision by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine as of May 12, 2016 to rename certain settlements and districts of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.
In the appeal, the YCCT Coordinating Council also tells the words of gratitude to the Ukrainian society for recognizing the events of May 18, 1944 as the genocide - The Deportation of the Crimean Tatars.
The second appeal by the YCCT Coordinating Board addresses the other states, international organizations and public initiatives.
The requirements of this appeal are as follows: to recognize the Crimean Tatars the indigenous people of Crimea in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Issues; to recognize the fact that only the Crimean Tatars can decide on the fate of Crimea; to recognize the persecution and oppression of the Crimean Tatars throughout history, and especially the events of May 18, 1944 - the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars; to provide support to the projects on the development and preservation of the Crimean Tatar language and culture.
In addition to the above mentioned requirements and wishes, the appeal focuses attention on the arbitrariness of the Russian authorities in Crimea:
- In addition to all the murders, abductions and arrests, which have started following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the Russian Federation has committed another one crime. So far, there has been no news on the whereabouts of Erwin Ibragimov, a member of the VKKT Coordinating Council who was kidnapped May 24 at 11.30 p.m. In order to avoid similar cases in future we shall not remain indifferent to such crimes by the Russian Federation.
The two-day forum "Crimean Future," held in Kiev, was attended by Ukraine's and Crimea's representatives, as well as more than 150 delegates from the Crimean Tatar Diaspora from around the world, including Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Uzbekistan. The participants of the first ever International Crimean Tatar Youth Forum didn’t only discuss the current problems of the Crimean Tatar people, but also unite their efforts to tackle them.