European Parliament calls on Ukraine to recognise national-territorial autonomy of Crimean Tatar people

Ukrainian News
Canan Kevser
12 February 2021, 17:28
Canan Kevser
12 February 2021, 17:28

The European Parliament calls on Ukraine to recognise the national-territorial autonomy of the Crimean Tatar people by enacting the relevant law on constitutional amendments.

The European Parliament (EP) made this statement in its resolution dated 11 February 2021 "on the implementation of the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine."

According to the report, the five-year Action Plan for implementing the National Human Rights Strategy of Ukraine expired in 2020, therefore, European Parliament called for a thorough review of the main achievements before setting goals for a follow-up action plan.

The report emphasised that the EP pays close attention to the support provided by the Ukrainian Government to the Crimean Tatar people, and expresses its concern over the lack of funding in the draft budget 2021, submitted to the Verkhovna Rada in September 2020, for the programme of resettlement and accommodation of Crimean Tatars and persons of other nationalities deported from the territory of Ukraine.

"The European Parliament calls on Ukraine to adopt the laws on the indigenous peoples of Ukraine, on the status of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people, and on amending its Constitution to recognise the national-territorial autonomy of the Crimean Tatar people within Ukraine, and particularly Crimea, which stems from the inalienable right of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people to self-determination," the report reads.

EP insists that the Ukrainian authorities address the problems of the only television channel in the Crimean Tatar language, ATR, and offer a stable mechanism for financial and technical support in order to enable the TV channel to continue its broadcasting into Russian-occupied Crimea.

The resolution also welcomes Ukraine’s initiative to develop the Strategy for the Development and Popularisation of the Crimean Tatar Language for the period up to 2032.

Also, as reported, the European Parliament called on high-ranking EU officials and the EU Member States to provide all necessary support for Crimean platform initiative.