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Crimes against humanity: deportation of the Crimean Tatar people and the occupation of Crimea

5 July 2021

On Friday, June 25, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Ukraine held the XX session of the Crimean Discussion Club on the topic "The Right to Truth and the Right to Justice". Experts analyzed crimes against humanity on the example of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people in 1944 and the occupation of Crimea in 2014. Based on the discussion, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center will develop appropriate recommendations for the Ukrainian authorities.

Speakers:

Eskender Bariiev - Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people

Iryna Starovytska - Project Manager of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Ukraine

Mustafa Dzhemilev - Leader of the Crimean Tatar people, MP

Oleksii Plotnykov - Ph.D., international lawyer

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

Liudmyla Korotkykh - Manager of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center

Valdemaras Sarapinas - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to Ukraine.

The following issues were raised:

1)Crimes against humanity on the example of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people in 1944;

2) The role of the UN in overcoming the consequences of crimes against humanity;

3)Recognition of the deportation of 1944 as genocide of the Crimean Tatar people by the world community as a factor in restraining crimes against humanity;

4) International mechanisms of protection against racial discrimination in Crimea;

5) The response of democratic countries to racial discrimination in Crimea;

6)The global Magnitsky Act as a tool for deterring crimes against humanity.

The webinar will be broadcast via the Crimean Tatar Resource Center Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/CTRC2015.

The event will be held with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Ukraine.

As part of this event, experts discussed how to raise at the UN level the issue of Soviet crimes against the indigenous people of Ukraine and the current policy of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied Crimea with attempts to silence and justify the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people.

In addition, the condemnation of discrimination against Crimean Tatars, which is objectively carried out in Crimea, will contribute to the preservation of the international position on the de-occupation of the peninsula.

The event was held with the support of the  Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Ukraine.