The memory of the victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people was honored at the international level (full video of the rally)
On Wednesday, May 18, an international mourning online rally dedicated to the memory of the victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people was held. The broadcast of the rally was watched all over the world, and representatives of the Seimas of Latvia, the President of Turkey, the Ministry for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, as well as activists, politicians, diplomats and representatives of the Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian diasporas from around the world joined to show solidarity with the Crimean Tatars.
“78 years ago, on May 18, 1944, the communist regime of the former USSR committed a crime against humanity, which was aimed at the destruction of the Crimean Tatar people, the indigenous people of Crimea. During the total deportation from their homeland and due to inhumane conditions in the places of exile, the Crimean Tatar people lost 46.0% of their population”,- Eskender Bariiev, Head of the Board of the CTRC, began the online rally.
Bariiev called on the whole world to honor the memory of the victims of the deportation of the indigenous people of Crimea, to express their solidarity with those who remain in the occupied Crimea and with the soldiers who are fighting at the front for the freedom and independence of Ukraine.
The following people Joined the online rally:
Mufti of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Crimea Aider Rustamov
Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk
Head of the Seimas of the Republic of Latvia Mrs. Inara Murniece
Chief Advisor to the President of Turkey Yalcin Topcu
Dissident, political prisoner of the times of the USSR, Russian human rights activist, journalist and public figure Aleksandr Podrabinek
Chairman of the Platform of Crimean Tatar Organizations of Turkey Umit Shilit
Human rights activist, lawyer Nikolai Polozov
Head of the Association of Organizations of Culture and Solidarity of the Crimean Tatars of Turkey Mukremin Shagin
Leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev
Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov.
The manager of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center Liudmyla Korotkykh, reading out the resolution, noted that the participants of the International Online Rally in memory of the victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people carried out by the communist regime of the USSR on May 18, 1944:
- bow their heads in memory of the victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people and express sorrow for the tens of thousands of victims of crimes against humanity committed by Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine;
- express support for the courageous Crimean Tatar people, who, under the conditions of Russian occupation, are loyal to Crimea and loyal to the Ukrainian state;
- note the firmness and indestructibility of the Crimean political prisoners;
- express gratitude and respect to the Armed Forces of Ukraine;
- are proud of the courage and readiness for self-sacrifice of the inhabitants of Crimea - military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and fighters of territorial defense units;
- note the importance of the role of volunteers, civil society activists, journalists in the consolidation of Ukrainian society.
“Participants of the International online rally in memory of the victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people support the position of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people that the Russian-Ukrainian war will end with the restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders, including the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol”,- completed Korotkykh.
We remind you that according to the Decree of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine dated November 12, 2015 On the recognition of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people, May 18 is recognized as the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, and the deportation of 1944 is an act of genocide.