Crimean Tatar Resource Center

The documentary Give Me Back My Dad! presented in Norway

2 December 2021

On Wednesday, December 1, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center presented an exclusive documentary film Give Me Back My Dad! in Norway. CTRC representatives also took part in a discussion on human rights in the occupied Crimea as part of an event organized by the Ukrainian Embassy in the Kingdom of Norway and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

We remind you that with this film, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center wants to draw the attention of the Ukrainian and international community to the problem of political prisoners in Crimea, as well as their children, who suffer no less than their parents. That is why the film is available in seven languages: Ukrainian, Arabic, German, English, Turkish, Italian and Spanish. And for the first time, the film Give Me Back My Dad! was presented abroad - in Norway.

After the screening of the short documentary film, a panel discussion took place on the human rights situation in the occupied Crimea. The speakers talked about the criminal actions of the Russian Federation on the peninsula, as well as how Western states such as Norway can help to protect human rights in Crimea.

The CTRC manager Zarema Bariieva took part in the panel discussion. She told the international community about violations of children's rights in Crimea. According to her, after the occupation of Crimea, the children of the missing, the deceased, as well as the children of political prisoners of Crimea suffered to a great extent.

Bariieva listed all the categories of children affected by the occupation of Crimea, and also spoke about recent cases of violation of rights committed by the occupation authorities against 14-year-old Meriem Kulametova, 16-year-old Amar Abdulgaziev, and 17-year-old Safiie Yakubova.

The manager of the CTRC informed the international community about the repressions against the indigenous Crimean Tatar people in Crimea.

“In my speech, I explained why Russia declared the representative body of the Crimean Tatars, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, an extremist organization and is trying to call the representatives of the indigenous people terrorists who pose a threat to the whole world”,- she added.

In addition to the film, the CTRC team showed the video Help the political prisoners of Crimea! and called on all politicians, MPs present in the hall to join the campaign of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center Godfather (Atalık) and take political patronage over the political prisoners of Crimea and their families.

Bariieva also suggested:

- all experts participating in the event join the Expert Network of the Crimean Platform in order to apply their expertise and knowledge in various fields;

- experts from Norway to take part in the Ukrainian-Norwegian Forum of International Cooperation, initiated by the Crimean Tatar Resource Center;

“I call on all the participants in the event to unite efforts to put pressure on the Russian Federation in order to end human rights violations, namely, repression against representatives of the indigenous people and ethnic Ukrainians, release all Kremlin prisoners and ensure the observance of international law”,- she summed up.

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