World Bulletin / News Desk
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has appointed Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Jemilev as his representative on Crimean Tatar affairs.
Under a decree, the position of the Commissioner was established to preserve and develop ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious identity of the Crimean Tatar people within Ukraine, Qirim News Agency reported.
“To stipulate that the powers of the President of Ukraine to ensure the observance of constitutional rights of the Crimean Tatar people as an indigenous people of Ukraine are delegated to the Commissioner of the President of Ukraine on the Affairs of the Crimean Tatar people,” reads the decree No. 657/2014.
Former Crimean Tatar Mejlis (Parliament) head Jemilev was barred for five years from the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula along with successor Refat Chubarov by Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya, who also threatened that Mejlis would be liquidated if it “engaged in extremist activity.”
The two Crimean Tatar leaders were barred for organizing their people against the new Russian authorities in Crimea. Crimean Tatars largely boycotted a referendum in March which saw the peninsula break-off from Ukraine and join Russia.
The 300,000-strong native Crimean Tatar population have been against joining Russia due to their experiences in the past. The Soviet Union under Stalin forcibly deported Crimean Tatars from Crimea in 1944 as a form of collective punishment for alleged collaboration with the Nazis during World War II.
Over 230,000 people were deported, mainly to Uzbekistan, including the entire, ethnic Crimean Tatar population as well as a small number of ethnic Greeks and Bulgarians. A large number of deportees died from starvation or disease as a direct result of deportation.Last Mod: 21 Ağustos 2014, 17:29