Latvian Saeima recognizes deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide

Source : 112 Ukraine

About 180,000 Crimean Tatars were deported from their native land to Central Asia in May 1944
13:49, 10 May 2019

The Parliament of the Republic of Latvia has recognized the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 as the genocide as the Saeima’s website reported.

“On Thursday, May 9, the Saeima adopted the statement dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people and which supports the policy of the non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea,” the message said.

At the same time, the Saeima added that the “genocide” is the most precise definition of the policy of the Soviet authority toward the Crimean Tatar people.

Related: Crimean 'court' extends detention term for Crimean Tatar blogger Memedeminov till June 15

On May 18, Ukraine and the world recall the victims of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people out of Crimea in 1944. That day the first echelon with Crimean Tatars was sent to Central Asia. Totally, about 180,000 people were deported.

According to the regulation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, May 18 is announced as the Day of Remembrance of the victims of Crimean Tatars genocide.

Related: Russia raids Crimean Tatars in annexed Crimea

A new challenge for the Crimean Tatars started after Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014. Some of them left the peninsula because of persecution, others suffering from raids, trials, and detentions. Some received a ban to the entry to Crimea, including the leaders of the Crimean Tatars Mustafa Dzhemilev and Refat Chubarov.


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