Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

Crimean Tatars demand recognition as indigenous people

Ukraine’s Constitution mentions indigenous peoples several times, but there is no legal definition for the term nor is it stated which peoples can be considered indigenous | detail

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Ongoing Smear Tactics against Crimean Tatars

Yet another book has been published in the Crimea dredging up a long refuted lie about the Crimean Tatars. | detail

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A Syllabus Divided

On moves heightening division within the country, demonstrated even in controversial changes to the history syllabus and a book, published with local authority funding, which repeats Soviet lies about the Crimean Tatars. . | detail

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Important report highlights serious concerns in the Crimea

The Conclusions posted below to a report commissioned by the High Commissioner on National Minorities demonstrate the urgency of the issues presently facing the Crimea. | detail

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Book defaming Crimean Tatars published with local authority funding

A book has just been published in the Crimea, partly with funding from the Kirov District budget, which dredges up the old lie, officially refuted even in Soviet times, bout alleged collaboration by the Crimean Tatars with the Nazis and effectively justifies the 1944 Deportation | detail

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Crimean Tatar paper “Kiyrym” again under threat

Due to chronic underfunding from the State budget, the newspaper which is under the protection of the European Charter of Minority Languages, is in danger of closure. | detail

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Russian Consul resigns following scandalous defamation of Crimean Tatars

Vladimir Andreev, Russian Federation Consul General in Simferopol, has apparently resigned following widespread anger over thoroughly offensive and defamatory statements about the Crimean Tatars, and acknowledgement from the Russian Foreign Ministry that the comments were inappropriate | detail

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Outrage over Russian Consul’s slander of Crimean Tatars

It is not only Crimean Tatars who have been angered by the extraordinary comments from Vladimir Andreev, Russian Federation Consul General in Simferopol | detail

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Remembrance and Vigil

On the 69th anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars from their homeland, we join Crimean Tatars in remembering the Victims of a terrible crime. This year, however, the cynical actions of the authorities make vigilance and attention from beyond the Crimea vital. | detail

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We will not forget

On the 69th anniversary of the deportation of Crimean Tatars from their homeland, we remember all those who died during the years of exile. They were victims of hunger, disease, cruel separation from families and unjust governmental policies | detail

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As tension mounts in the Crimea

With only days remaining, and tension high, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People is urging members and observers of all diplomatic missions in Ukraine to come to Simferopol on 18 May, the 69th anniversary of the Deportation | detail

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Proposed revelry on anniversary of the Deportation inappropriate

The Mejlis is angered over the decision of the Crimean Parliament to to boycott the traditional celebration of Khydyrlez and organize their own festivities falling right on the days marking the 69th anniversary of the signing by Stalin of the decree ordering the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars | detail

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Provocation over Crimean Tatar Deportation anniversary

Present actions by the Simferopol and Crimean authorities appear aimed at using traditional remembrance events marking the Deportation on 17 - 18 May to provoke discord and disturbances | detail

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Dangerous manoeuvres in the Crimea

Highly worrying moves afoot in the Crimea suggest that concern back in November 2011 over the President’s quite staggering promotion of Anatoly Mohylyov to the post of Prime Minister of the Crimea was extremely well-founded | detail

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Police do nothing as Crimean Tatar monuments defiled

The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People is outraged over the passiveness of the law enforcement bodies in investigating a number of acts of vandalism targeting sites of cultural and historical significance for the Crimean Tatar people | detail

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One step closer to law reinstating the rights of deported peoples

The Verkhovna Rada with a large majority has passed in its first reading Draft Law No. 5515 on Reinstating the Rights of People Deported on Ethnic Grounds tabled by Mustafa Dzhemiliev | detail

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In Support of the Rights of the Crimean Tatar People

Statement by some of the former dissidents who were in the Crimea at a special gathering timed to coincide with the 68th anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatar People in response to the defamatory allegation made by the leader of the Communist Party, Petro Symonenko | detail

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Crimean Tatar Remembrance Day ignored by the authorities

Remembrance ceremonies took place in the Crimea on 18 May marking the 68th anniversary of the Deportation of Crimean Tatars from their ancestral homeland in 1944. For the first time in many years, the top people in government totally ignored the anniversary | detail

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Former Soviet Dissidents meet in the Crimea and promise action

Former Soviet political prisoners are meeting in the Crimea on the 68th anniversary of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatars, at a time when events in post-Soviet republics demand awareness of the danger and readiness to unite under the old banner: “For your freedom and ours!” (Mustafa Dzhemiliev) | detail

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Volatile Appointment for the Crimea

If, back in March 2010 responsibility for some quite scandalous ministerial appointments could be shared with the Prime Minister, in November 2011 President Yanukovych stands alone. And the burden of responsibility for appointing Anatoly Mohylyov Prime Minister of the Crimea is serious | detail

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