Ms. Valeriya Lutkovska: "The next anniversary of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people reminds and warns"

19/05/2015 12:08

"71 years ago the Crimean Tatar people endured one of the biggest tragedies in the history. Within three days (from May 18 till May 20, 1944) according to the decision of the State committee of defense of the USSR divisions of People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs moved from the Crimea to Uzbekistan and Caucasus, to Siberia and Urals nearly 200 thousands Crimean Tatars. Thus, during compulsory deportation practically every second representative of the Crimean Tatar people was lost.

The present realities on the occupied Crimean peninsula which are fixed following results of the monitoring which is carried out by the Crimean field mission again testify to the numerous facts of restrictions and violations of the rights of the Crimean Tatars. The occupational authorities of the Crimea defiantly and cynically turned it, according apt assessment of human rights defense activists, into "the peninsula of fear". Murders and arrests of the Crimean Tatars, their prosecutions for political convictions, and also according to language, religious, ethnocultural signs, restriction of a freedom of speech, ban of entrance on the peninsula to leaders of the Crimean Tatar people, a taboo on holding peaceful assemblies and protest actions - such drama consequences of annexation of the peninsula.

Actually that there occurs is a coercion to new deportation of the Crimean Tatars, indigenous people of the Crimea.

Paying tribute to activity of the Crimean field mission which carries out the monitoring activity in Autonomous Republic of Crimea being result of association of efforts of a number of human rights organizations from Ukraine, Russia and other CIS countries, I at the same time express confidence in necessity of creation of international mission. It will allow not only to inform the international community that occurs on the peninsula, but also to put the corresponding international pressure upon the occupational authorities of the Crimea".