Latvia recognized deportation Crimean Tatars as genocide. Relevant document adopted by the Parliament

13 May 2019, 10:29

On 9 May, the Latvian Saeima adopted a statement on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars, which states that the Soviet government carried out a genocide against the Crimean Tatar people.

The adopted document notes that a number of historical sources point to targeted genocide carried out by the Soviet power against many peoples and ethnic groups living in the Soviet Union. Including against the Crimean Tatars, in order to destroy their culture, social heritage, historical affiliation of the people to the territory of the Crimean Peninsula, and also to drive them out from their homeland, the press service of the Latvian parliament reports.

The statement calls on the international community to honor the memory of the victims of deportation.

Being well aware of the gravity of this statement, we are calling a spade a spade — deportations that took place 75 years ago and the terror taking place now should be considered a genocide committed by the Soviet regime, the document says.

In its statement, the Seimas also recalls that five years ago Russia illegally annexed Crimea, and condemns the continuing Russian policy of oppression and violence against the Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea.

“It is unthinkable that Crimean Tatars are being violently repressed, persecuted and forced to leave their homeland for the second time in a 75-year period. It is frightening to imagine that history might repeat itself,” said the Head of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee Rihards Kols, who presented the document on recognition of 1944 deportation of the Crimean Tatar people as genocide.

On 25 April, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Seimas of Latvia adopted a statement recognizing the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 as a genocide and announced that it intends to submit this document to the parliament.