Feb 09, 2018

Crimean Tatars: Indigenous Peoples Prime Targets for Human Rights Violations by Occupying Russia

Advisor to the Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, Arsen Zhumadilov, appeared on UATV to discuss the gross human rights violations committed by Russian authorities in the annexed Crimean Penisula target the indigenous Tatars most, as the most outspoken opposition. Zhumadilov discussed the tactics used to silence the Crimean Tatars, such as the expulsion of Tatar leaders such as Mustafa Dzhemilev and Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, who were just released from Russian custody in October 2017.

Video published by UATV English:

Russian authorities are trying to crackdown on Crimean Tatar activity as their cause is becoming visable on the international stage, with the UN General Assembly voting on a resolution on the human rights violations in Crimean at the end of 2017.

The state of Ukraine has realised that the Crimean Tatar movement is not a threat to Ukraine but instead that providing basic rights to indigenous people of Crimea is a positive step. The constitutional commission have announced a working group on the autonomous republic of Crimea, which could potentially provide a pivotal move towards the realisation of self-determination for the Crimean Tatars.


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