International Committee for Crimea
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Foundation for Research and Support of the Indigenous Peoples of Crimea (Simferopol)
The Foundation for Research and Support of the Indigenous Peoples Crimea is a public, charitable, and nonprofit organization that protects national and cultural rights of individuals. It was created with the purposes of fostering interest in national, cultural, social, legal and economic issues and assisting in the development of a multi-national society in Crimea.
The main goal of the Foundation is to provide assistance in the revival of cultures, traditions and customs of indigenous peoples (Crimean Tatars, Karaites, Krymchaks) as well as other ethnic groups of Crimea. The Foundation works at solving problems in cooperation with the state authorities, associations and unions, and international organizations.
The Foundation is not a political organization, but one that strives to promote and maintain inter-cultural, inter-faith and inter-ethnic dialog in Crimea, which hopefully will help prevent possible inter-ethnic conflicts and strengthen civil peace and order.
Among the Foundation's founders are people of different nationalities, creeds, and professions: historians, museum workers, journalists and archivists. They have wide experience in public administration and scientific fields.
The Foundation actively works at the international level. Our representatives participated in the projects of the UN Working Group on Minorities in May 1998, as well as the UN Working Group on Indigenous Population. The Foundation has close contacts and cooperates with several international organizations, including UN agencies like UNHCR, IMO, UNDP, OSCE, and ILO.
In October 1998, the Foundation received a grant from the International Renaissance Foundation's Program of Integration of formerly deported Crimean Tatars, Armenians, Bulgars, Greeks, and Germans into the Ukrainian society. As part of this project, "Development of the multi cultural tolerant civil society: necessary condition for securing of indigenous peoples rights," a publication was issued: "International law on indigenous peoples." Another one, "NGOs mission and possibilities in preservation of the national identity, development of national cultures and forming pluralistic multi-cultural society" is in preparation.
The second stage of the project involves publishing three issues of the bulletin Altin Besik, supported by the International Renaissance Foundation and the Minority Rights Group International (Great Britain). The following themes are to be discussed in these publications: Collection of international documents and Acts of Ukraine on national minorities, languages, deportation and deported peoples, and collection of legislative literature on deportations of 1941-1944.
ICC, P.O.Box 15078, Washington, DC 20003