Crimean Tatars want to hold their own referendum

Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev asked for international observers to attend the proposed referendum.

Crimean Tatars want to hold their own referendum

World Bulletin / News Desk

The UN Security Council held an informal meeting to discuss events in Crimea with representatives of Crimean Tatars on Monday.

Leader of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Jemilev criticized the March referendum, which was boycotted by the Crimean Tatars, in which the Russian community voted to join Russia.

Jemilev questioned the legitimacy of the referendum. “How can referendum be held on occupied land?” Jemilev asked, adding that “the Crimean referendum violated Ukrainian law”.

Crimean Tatars will hold their own referendum said Jemilev. “Our referendum will be open and we ask for international observers” he added.

Jemilev said he is happy with Turkey’s position on Crimean issue. “Prime Minister Erdogan spoke to Putin and acknowledged that Crimean Tatars are Turks' relatives and that Turkey will not remain passive if something happens to them”.

The meeting was also attended by Ayla Bakkalli, representative of the Crimean Tatar Meclis at the United Nations.

ECRI raises concerns over Tatars in Crimean region

The Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) expressed grave concern at serious allegations of intimidation and discrimination against Ukrainian speakers and Tatars in the Crimean region.

The ECRI, which does not accept the legitimacy of the Russian annexation of the Crimean region, has called on Russian Federation authorities to ensure protection of Ukrainian speakers and Tatars in Crimea.

In an online statement, ECRI also called upon the Ukrainian authorities to firmly oppose any discrimination against Russian speakers and other groups in the country.

The ECRI is a human rights body of the Council of Europe, composed of independent experts, which monitors, reports and issues recommendations to member states on problems of racism and discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin, citizenship, colour, religion and language as well as xenophobia, anti-semitism and intolerance.

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