Jul 17, 2009

Crimean Tatars: Ongoing Rallies for Land Restitution

Sample ImageAs the Crimean Supreme Council rejects Tatar parliamentary law on land restitution; demonstrations increase in Kiev and Simferopol.

 Below is an article published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Some 2,000 Crimean Tatars have protested to demand the restitution of land that they lost when they or their relatives were deported more than 60 years ago, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.

Representatives of the Crimean Tatar National Congress met with Crimean Supreme Council Speaker Anatoliy Hrytsenko to discuss the Tatars' demands.

Crimean Tatars have also been protesting in front of the Ukrainian Parliament in Kyiv for some 60 days [since May 2009], with some of the protesters engaging in hunger strikes.

Hundreds of thousands of Crimean Tatars were deported to Central Asia in 1944. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, they began returning to Crimea and demanding the return of their land. [...]

The Crimean Parliament has adopted a law on land restitution, but any return of land has been rejected by the Simferopol State Council.