Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry calls on the international community to take further steps of political and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation to protect humanitarian and human rights law in temporarily occupied Crimea.
This was said in a declaration by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on the occasion of the Crimean Tatar National Flag Day.
“Today we call again on the Russian Federation to respect its obligations as an occupying power, to end the repressions against the Ukrainians and the Crimean Tatars, to comply with the ordinance of April 19, 2017 of the International Court of Justice to lift the ban on the Crimean Tatars Mejlis.We call on the international community to apply further measures of political and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation to protect humanitarian and human rights law in the peninsula temporarily occupied, “the statement said.
The ministry notes that today, just like 77 years ago, the Russian occupation authorities are trying to ruin the identity of the Crimean Tatars by destroying the memory of the national symbols of the Crimean Tatars and gravely violating the rights cultural, linguistic and religious of the indigenous people of Crimea.
“The Russian occupation administration is pursuing a systemic policy of oppression of all religious communities, destroying Tatar religious monuments in Crimea, carrying out illegal archaeological excavations and removing cultural objects from Crimea to bring them to the territory of the Federation. of Russia with the aim of using them as a political instrument to demonstrate the “links” between the peninsula on the one hand, and Czarist, Soviet and modern Russia, “the report reads.
Ukraine condemns the policies of the aggressor state aimed at erasing the Crimean Tatar identity, limiting the use of national symbols, such as the national flag, violating the right to education in their mother tongue, to destroy national cultural and religious monuments, to promulgate hate speech and to impose discrimination on ethnic and religious grounds.
The ministry pointed out that on June 26, 1991, the Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people – the highest national political institution of the indigenous people of Crimea – resumed its sessions after a forced hiatus of 73 years. Thus, on June 26, 2021, Ukraine celebrates the 30th anniversary of the rebirth of the Qurultay of the Tatar people of Crimea.
The national flag of the Crimean Tatars was adopted in 1917 by the first Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people. There were times when the flag was banned and subjected to repression. In the deportation settlements of the Crimean Tatars in Central Asia and Siberia, any image or representation of the national flag of the Crimean Tatars was considered a crime against the Soviet regime.
Crimean Tatar National Flag Day is celebrated in Ukraine on June 26.