May 16, 2014

Crimean Tatars: 2014 FUEN Congress Addresses Situation in Crimea

This year, the annual Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) Congress that gathered over 200 minorities from around 30 countries gave special attention to the critical situation facing the indigenous Crimean Tatar people in view of the political crisis in Ukraine.

Below is an article published by QHA:

The three-day FUEN (Federal Union of European Nationalities) Congress 2014 took place in Harrislee, Germany.

Representatives from over 200 minorities and around 30 different countries attended a congress, focusing on the Crimean Tatars' situation in Ukraine, Deutsche Welle reports.

A congress held along the German-Danish border focused on how Europe's many smaller ethnic groups can preserve their rights. The current fate of Crimea's Tatars in the Ukraine crisis was a key subject.

Europe is home to widely divergent minority populations, including the Danish population in northern Germany, the Basque people in France and Spain, the German speakers of South Tyrol in northern Italy, the Roma who live throughout Europe and the Crimean Tatars in Crimea, Deutsche Welle reports.

As an NGO, FUEN holds participatory status at the Council of Europe and consultative status at the United Nations. It considers itself the voice of its members in the European Union. This includes contacts with the European Parliament and the European Commission.