Aug 14, 2012

Crimean Tatars: Bill On Formerly Deportees In Second Reading

The Ukraine is drafting a law which will lead to the recognition of formerly deportees, including Crimean Tartar people. It may lead to restoration of local self-governance and compensation for property seized.

Below is an article published by PanArmenian:


The draft law on restoration of the rights of formerly deportees is prepared for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (VRU) at the second reading. 

The document will be considered during the eleventh session of the Ukraine’s Parliament of sixth convocation by the Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and International Relations, according to the VRU’s official website.

According to the wording of the bill № 5515 approved by the VRU on June 20, 2012 as the basis, it is proposed to establish the status of persons formerly deported by ethnic origin, state guarantees for the restoration of their rights, the principles of state policy and the powers of state authorities, and local self-government to restore the rights of these individuals.

The document also contains a provision, which proposes to recognize as formerly deportee the person who has acquired citizenship of Ukraine and relates to:

- persons from among the Crimean Tatar people, ethnic minorities (citizens of the former Soviet Union), who in the period of 1941 - 1944 were forcibly resettled on ethnic ground for special settlement by the decision of the public authorities of the former Soviet Union or its republics from their homes, which are the territory of modern Ukraine;

- individuals (citizens of the former Soviet Union), who were forcibly sent to special settlements to members of their families after military service, returning from evacuation, serving hard labour, punishment, etc.;

- individuals (citizens of the former Soviet Union), who at the time of the 1941 - 1944 years of exile were outside their places of permanent residence (in the military service, evacuation, forced labour in prisons, etc.), but to whom restrictions were later extended on the rights and freedoms by ethnic origin, including a ban on the return and stay in their homes;

- persons, who were born in the families of formerly deportees before their return to homes.

The draft law also defines a mechanism for granting the status of the formerly deported persons, government guarantees to formerly deportees and their families who have returned to Ukraine for permanent residence, especially compensation for property seized during eviction, etc.

The document also enshrines the powers of the executive branch and local self-government in restoring the rights of persons formerly deported by ethnic origin.
As reported, on June 20 this year, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved in principle the bill ‘Of the Restoration of the Rights of Persons Formerly Deported by Ethnic Origin’ at the first reading and submitted it for consideration at the second reading. The draft law No. 5515 was registered in 2010. In 2004, a similar bill was passed by Ukraine’s Parliament but vetoed by the President of Ukraine.