Crimean Tatar Resource Center

By the end of the year, three more countries may recognize the deportation of 1944 as genocide – Bariiev

27 May 2019

By the end the year, the parliaments of at least three European countries may recognize the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people as genocide. Such forecasts were voiced in an interview with Radio Hayat by the Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, a member of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Eskender Bariiev.

“I mean Lithuania and Estonia. We have now commenced a tight work in this field with Germany, which is, for sure, way more difficult - there are certain procedures and formalities, however, we have certain supporters ready to stand up for us” – Bariiev emphasized.

He also expressed his hope that Poland and Romania will gradually join the cause.

Now, according to Bariiev, the process of recognition of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people by the international community, “is lobbied by the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine”.

"This process is quite complicated, but we can already see the necessary shifts," he said.

On the 9th of May 2019 the Seimas of Latvia recognized the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people in 1944 as an act of genocide. The document emphasizes that a number of historical sources undoubtedly prove the fact of a targeted genocide of the Soviet government against many peoples and ethnic groups residing in the Soviet Union and in its occupied territories, particularly the Crimean Tatars.

On the 5th of April a working meeting with Andreas Karpovsch, Second Secretary of the Latvian Embassy in Ukraine and Janis Kalva, Second Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry was held in the office of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center. The head of the CTRC Eskender Bariiev informed the guests about the urgent necessity of the recognition of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people in 1944 as an act of genocide.

On the 24th of April, within the framework of the "United by the Flag - #LIBERATECRIMEA" initiative, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Latvia, Olexandr Mishchenko, together with MP, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, met with the Chairman of the Seimas of Latvia, Inara Mūrniece, and participated in the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Seimas of Latvia. The Chairman of the Committee Rihards Koles announced the adoption by the Committee of a statement on the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people in 1944 and the strict policy of non-recognition of the unlawful annexation of Crimea, in which the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people by the Soviet government is recognized as an act of genocide. Refat Chubarov, in his turn, handed the appeal of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people to the parliaments and governments of the Member States of the United Nations, with a recognition of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people as an act of genocide.

In November 2015, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine recognized the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people in 1944 as an act of genocide.