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Canadian Parliament refuses to consider 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars act of genocide

MP of Ukrainian origin offered to vote for the respective resolution, but the opposition protested decisively; the document was declined because there was no unanimous support
08:05, 17 May 2019

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The Canadian Parliament could not vote for the resolution on the recognition of 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars the act of genocide, Ukrinform news agency reported.

Boris Wrzesniewsky, the lawmaker of the Ukrainian origin tried to put the respective resolution on the voting procedure; however, the opposition MPs protested loudly, and the Parliamentary Speaker had to decline it.

'I offer the Parliament to consider that May 18, 1944, Crimean Tatar Surgunlik was deployed by the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, in order to perform an ethnic cleansing of Crimea from 200,000 Tatars, depriving them of their property, putting them on train wagons for cattle and sending them to the steppes of the Central Asia', reads the document.  

Related: Latvian Saeima recognizes deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide

If the MPs passed it, May 18 would have officially become the Day of Memory of Crimean Tatar people in that country. 

There was a Crimean Tatar delegation from Ukraine at the sesion hall; leader of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev and deputy Head of the Kemjlis Akhtem Chyigoz held a speech before the voting, updating the MPs on the situation with human rights violations in the Russian-occupied peninsula. 

Three years ago, the Canadian Parliament failed to support similar resolution; there were not enough votes to pass. The procedure demands a unanimous decision of all MPs to pass the document.

Related: Ukraine marks anniversary of 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars

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