Head of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Head of the Department of Legal and Foreign Affairs of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Eskender Bariiev, in an interview with Ukrainian Radio, stressed that the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people is a continuous and protracted genocide, because the oppression of the indigenous people in the occupied Crimea is still ongoing.
“The deportation of the Crimean Tatar people is a prolonged, protracted genocide. In 1944, about 193 thousand women, the elderly and children were forcibly deported, and when the servicemen returned, there was an additional purge. In total, 238 thousand people were deported. During the first years there was a mass death of Crimean Tatars – about 110 thousand. They were restricted in movement, were not allowed to live in their homeland, use their native language, and even exist”,- Bariiev said.
Speaking about the present, the expert emphasized that the occupation power, violating the rights of the Crimean Tatars, continues the genocide of the indigenous people.
“I would like the Ukrainian authorities to pay dignified attention to this issue and finally legislatively settle the problems that are the consequences of the deportation of 1944, when the collective rights of the Crimean Tatar people were grossly violated. After all, they are directly related to the problems that have arisen since 2014”,- he stressed.