CTRC informed the OSCE SMM about the natural rights of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people

February 7, 2020

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center received a response from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine to a letter reminding that the Mejlis, in its statement dated November 17, 2019, confirms the natural rights of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people on the occupied peninsula. The SMM, in turn, thanked the CTRC for drawing attention to this issue.

Please note that in accordance with OSCE Permanent Council Decision No. 1117 of 21 March 2014, the SMM is required, among other things, to collect information and report on the security situation, monitor and enforce human rights and fundamental freedoms, and establish and report facts in response to specific incidents, including those relating to alleged violations of core OSCE principles and commitments.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission emphasized that they accepted the information indicated in the letter, and also thanked the CTRC for drawing attention to this issue.

We remind you that on December 6, 2019, the CTRC sent a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Federal Fisheries Agency of the Russian Federation and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, in which he recalled that the Mejlis, in its statement dated November 17, confirms the natural rights of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people on the occupied peninsula. He also emphasized that all agreements, decisions or actions related to the territory of Crimea, the adjacent waters of the Black and Azov Seas, the Kerch Strait and the Syvash Bay, concluded without the participation of the Crimean Tatar people, are illegal.