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Experts assessed the consequences of the official recognition of the Crimean Tatars as the indigenous people of Ukraine (video)

22 March 2021

On Monday, March 22, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Ukraine, held the 18th session of the Crimean Discussion Club on the topic 7 years of official recognition of the Crimean Tatars as the indigenous people of Ukraine: assessment of the consequences and prospects. During the event, experts assessed the consequences of the official recognition of the Crimean Tatars as the indigenous people of Ukraine and discussed the prospects for the state policy of Ukraine regarding the legal settlement of this issue. Based on the discussion, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center will develop appropriate recommendations for the Ukrainian authorities.

The speakers at the XVIII session were:

Eskender Bariiev - Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people (moderator);

Oleksii Plotnykov - Ph.D., international lawyer;

Borys Babin - Doctor of Law, Professor, Expert of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center;

Oliver Loode - member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2014-2016;

Refat Chubarov - Chairman of  Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people;

Olena Bohdan - Head of the State Service of Ukraine for Ethnopolitics and Freedom of Conscience;

Ihor Yaremenko - Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine.

The Crimean Discussion Club focused on the following questions:

1. Preconditions for the adoption of the Resolution of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine On the Statement of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine regarding the guarantee of the rights of the Crimean Tatar people within the Ukrainian state.

2. State policy of Ukraine for the preservation and development of the ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious identity of the Crimean Tatar people as an indigenous people of Ukraine.

3. Legislative regulation of the protection and implementation of the inalienable right to self-determination of the Crimean Tatar people as part of a sovereign and independent Ukrainian state and consolidation of the status of the indigenous people of Ukraine.

4. Qurultay and Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in the legal field of Ukraine. Practical mechanisms of interaction between the state authorities of Ukraine and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

During the event, experts assessed the consequences of the official recognition of the Crimean Tatars as the indigenous people of Ukraine and discussed the prospects for the state policy of Ukraine regarding the legal settlement of this issue.

In addition, the prerequisites and consequences of the implementation of the inalienable right to self-determination of the Crimean Tatar people as part of a sovereign and independent Ukrainian state and consolidation of the status of the indigenous people of Ukraine were determined.

The experts also processed proposals on practical mechanisms of interaction between the state authorities of Ukraine and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

Based on the discussion, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center will develop appropriate recommendations for the Ukrainian authorities.

The event took place with the support of the  Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Ukraine.