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A Timeline of Human Rights Abuses in Crimea
Crimean News Agency Denied License
The only independent news agency of Crimean Tatars in Crimea is targeted by the occupying Russian forces. Authorities have refused to renew the license of the Agency, also known as Qırım Haber Ajansı or QHA. See: Paul Goble's Russian Occupation Authorities Move to Close Crimean News Agency, Window on Eurasia, 15 February 2015.
Religious Freedom in Crimea
"Status of Religious Freedom in Crimea Today" by Catherine Cosman is an excellent summary of developments since the Russian occupation of the peninsula in March 2014. The article details how the Russian law on extremism is affecting the Muslim population, namely Crimean Tatars, who have been subjected to numerous searches and confiscation of property. Ms. Cosman is a Senior Policy Analyst at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, Washington, DC.
Greta Uehling on Crimean Tatars
Greta Uehling's new publication, "Crimean Tatars as Victims of Communism," traces the history of the various forms of repression under Soviet regime, famines, collectivization, elimination of intellectuals, mass deportation and "Detatarization of Crimea. The article helps us focus on the sufferings of Crimean Tatars prior to their return to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine and their efforts to reestablish their lives in their homeland before the Russian occupation of the peninsula in February 2014.
|Stairs made of grave markers|
Dr. Uehling teaches at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is the author of a major work on Crimean Tatars, Beyond Memory (2004). She is on the ICC Board of Members.
Ukrainian Embassy expresses solidarity
We greatly appreciate the support of the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington DC. On 23 September 2014, Ukrainian Embassy staff held the Crimean Tatar flag, expressing their solidarity with Crimean Tatars fighting for freedom. They tweeted "I am Crimean Tatar" and "Crimea is Ukraine," inspired by Ukrainian President Victor Poroshenko's speech at the U.S. Congress, when he said "I am Crimean Tatar."
|Ukrainian Staff, holding Crimean Tatar flag|
Victims of Communism Memorial Anniversary
Once again, Crimean Tatars were represented at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Victims of Communism Memorial, Washington, DC, on June 11, 2014. The occasion marked the 7th anniversary of the unveiling of the Monument in 2007 and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
|Flowers presented in memory of Crimean Tatars|
During the ceremony, Myroslav Marynovych, a Ukrainian human rights advocate, received the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom. The other receipient, Mustafa Jemilev was unable to attend the ceremony. Ms. Lilia Muslimova, long-time secretary of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, delivered Mr. Jemilev's message. Diplomats from foreign embassies, Members of United States Congress, representatives from nonprofit organizations and ethnic groups attended the event. Over forty wreaths, bouquets and floral arrangements adorned the Memorial at the end of the 2-hour ceremony. The ICC presented a basket of flowers in memory of Crimean Tatars, victimized by the Soviet authorities.
Amnesty International Report
Amnesty International issued its Public Statement on the harassment and violence against Crimean Tatars on May 23, 2014. "Despite assurances made by the de facto Crimean authorities to protect the rights of Tatars, since the annexation of the peninsula by Russia in March this year, the Tatar community has faced increasing violence and discrimination," said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International Director for Europe and Central Asia. The report is an excellent summary of human rights violations in Crimea, and it can be downloaded from the Amnesty's Web site.
"Son of Crimea" screened on May 18 and 22
In observance of the 70th anniversary of the Crimean Tatar deportation, the documentary "Son of Crimea: Struggle of a People" was screened at George Mason University, Arlington campus on May 18, 2014. The documentary tells the story of the Crimean Tatars' arduous journey during deportation, unsanitary conditions in cattle wagons used to transport them, and the misery awaiting the deportees in places of exile. Ukrainian Embassador Olexander Motsyk attended the event and addressed the audience. Inci Bowman of the ICC introduced the film and Paul Goble provided the commentary following the screening. The event was organized by Arlington Sister City Association, Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine) Committee; in cooperation with International Committee for Crimea, Inc., and the Embassy of Ukraine, Washington, DC. A report produced by the Voice of America: Ukrainian Service is available at VOA News Website (in Ukrainian).
The May 22 screening of "Son of Crimea" was organized by the Assembly of Turkish American Associations in Washington DC, in cooperation with the ICC. Again, Inci Bowman introduced the film and handled the Q&A discussion.
Statement on Invasion of Crimea
The Board of Directors of the International Committee for Crimea, Inc. is deeply concerned about the recent political developments in Crimea. Since the end of February, Crimea has been under the illegal occupation of pro-Russian forces. Crimean Tatars, who were deported by Soviet authorities seventy years ago and still remember and feel the pain of the loss of their family members and their homeland, are naturally very apprehensive and fearful of what the future may hold for them. We are doing what we can by raising awareness of the situation in the US and stand in solidarity with the peoples of Crimea who opt for a life in a democratic society.
See also: "An Urgent Appeal to President Barack Obama" by Mubeyyin B. Altan, a member of the ICC Board of Directors.
Photographs relating to Crimean Tatars and Related Activities
Photographs relating to Crimean Tatars and related activities are now available at the FLICKR or PICASA Web sites:
- Ceremony at Victims of Communism Memorial, 11 June 2014
- Rally in support of Crimea, 6 March 2014
- Fallen Heroes Vigil, Washington DC, 23 February 2014
- Nenkejan Women's Club participates in 2012 GFWC Convention
- International Conference in Crimea, 14-15 October 2011
- Ceremony at Victims of Communism Memorial, Washington, DC, 10 June 2010
- Memorial Meeting in Simferopol,Crimea, 18 May 2010
- Nowruz Celebration at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC
- Wreath-laying Ceremony in Washington, DC, 18 May 2009
- Memorial Meeting in Simferopol, 18 May 2009.
- World Congress of Crimean Tatars, Simferopol, 19-23 May 2009.
- Activities of International Day of the World's Indigenous People, Simferopol, 8 August 2009
- A Crimean Tatar Wedding
- Children of Crimea
- Crimean Tatar Embroidery
- And More ...
Last Update: 1 March 2015