MINELRES: Fwd: RFE/RL: Crimean Tatars Mark 60th Anniversary Of Deportation

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Tatar-Bashkir Daily Report
24 May 2004


Crimean Tatars Mark 60th Anniversary Of Deportation 

Some 30,000 Crimean Tatars gathered on 18 May in Simferopol to mark the
60th anniversary of their deportation from Crimea, "Nezavisimaya gazeta"
reported on 21 May, citing Crimean Tatar Mejlis spokesperson Lilya
Muslimova. Participants appealed to the Ukrainian and Crimean
authorities to pass a law on the status of the Crimean Tatar people
granting them the right to self-determination and a law on restoring the
rights of those deported and members of their families to return to the
places where they previously lived and providing compensation for
confiscated property. 

Crimean Tatar Mejlis Chairman Mustafa Jemilev said at the meeting that
it is necessary to ensure that "the Crimean Tatar language, as the
language of peninsula's indigenous people, is one of the [Crimean]
autonomy's official languages. It is necessary that Crimean Tatars are
represented in all elected, executive, and judicial bodies proportionate
to their number." The meeting participants also demanded that education
and TV broadcasting in Crimean Tatar be increased. 

The same day, the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada discussed but failed to pass
the draft laws promoted by the Crimean Tatars. Jemilev commented that
the authorities chose "methods of political provocation for the sake of
keeping their power." "So-called Cossack detachments, which are illegal
paramilitary units, that constantly provoke conflicts with Crimean
Tatars are formed with the silent agreement and approval of the
authorities and often under their patronage," Jemilev added.

Compiled by Gulnara Khasanova

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