On Wednesday the Verkhovna Rada appealed to the international community to pay attention to the oppression of Crimean Tatars on the peninsula occupied by Russia and to recognize the deportation of 1944 as genocide. 240 deputies voted for the relevant draft resolution №4476.
Deputies demanded from the Russian Federation to stop immediately the policy of violation of human rights and freedoms of citizens in Crimea, in particular the rights of Crimean Tatars as an indigenous people of Ukraine.
Parliament also calls on the international community to condemn the actions of the occupying Russian authorities of banning the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people on the peninsula, and calls on all the world leaders and recognized public figures to make the necessary efforts to protect Crimean Tatars from discrimination and persecutions on the part of the Russian Federation.
The Verkhovna Rada also calls on the international community to recognize the deportation of Crimean Tatars from the Crimea in 1944 as genocide of Crimean Tatar people and offers to celebrate the Day of memory of victims of genocide on May 18th.
Parliament also calls on the international community to bring to book everybody who is responsible for the illegal occupation and annexation of Crimea and the systemic and large-scale violations of human rights in the occupied Ukrainian territory.
Let us recall, after the annexation of Crimean peninsula by Russia persecutions of the Crimean Tatars were intensified. On April 26th, 2016, Russian-controlled "Supreme Court of Crimea" banned the Mejlis in the territory of the annexed peninsula.