Crimean issue will be a test of maturity for the future parliament of Ukraine. Crimean Tatar activists called on politicians to fight for Crimea in practice
Crimean Tatar activists published a collective statement in which they require the involvement of Crimean activists, human rights defenders, scientists, specialists in shaping the political agenda of the parliament of the new convocation in order to jointly return the peninsula to Ukraine.
The statement was posted on its page by the Head of the board of the Crimean Institute for Strategic Studies Arsen Zhumadilov.
We are interested in the aspiration and readiness of political parties to fight for the Crimea, for the citizens of Ukraine in the Crimea and internally displaced persons from the Crimea in the rest of Ukraine in deeds rather than in declarations. Ukraine’s policy on Crimea will be a test for maturity of the new convocation of parliament and responsibility to the Ukrainian nation and the Crimean Tatar people, – the activists stated
The statement outlined three basic principles.
The first two are the de-occupation and reintegration of the Crimea.
The third principle concerns the restoration of the rights of the Crimean Tatars, which were violated as a result of the long anti-human policy of colonization of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian state. The culmination of this policy was the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people – the deportation of all the indigenous people of Crimea from their native land.
“The state policy of Ukraine in this matter will be aimed at ensuring the realization of the right of the Crimean Tatar people to self-determination within Ukraine in the form of national-territorial autonomy. The Crimean Tatar people will receive support from the state in restoring a complex of other political, linguistic, cultural, social and economic rights,” – activists wrote.
The authors of the statement are 15 Crimean Tatar activists:
- Isa Akaev, ATO participant, battalion commander of the volunteer battalion Krym;
- Alim Aliyev, program director of the Crimean House;
- Arsen Zhumadilov, Head of the Board of the Crimean Institute for Strategic Studies;
- Rustem Irsay, President of the Canadian Association of Crimean Tatars
- Anife Kurtseitova, Head of the Crimean Family NGO;
- Suleiman Mamutov, Coordinator of the Crimean regional center of Ukrainian Association of International Law;
- Ayshe Memetova, University of Washington;
- Osman Pashaev, producer of UA:Krym;
- Denis Seidaliev, notary;
- Rustem Skibin, ceramist;
- Ibrahim Suleymanov, Head of the Kherson city Mejlis, director of development of the charitable organization Crimean Tatar Cultural and Sporting Center Kuresh;
- Mohammed Umerov, activist;
- Nedim Useinov, Institute of European Islam, University of Warsaw;
- Lerane Khaibulaeva, entrepreneur, civil activist;
- Khalil Khalilov, co-founder of the Crimean House in Lviv.