Mejlis urges to amend Ukraine’s Constitution on Crimea’s status

Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars appealed to the newly elected MPs
14:50, 29 August 2019

Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars appealed to the newly elected MPs with the urge to amend the Constitution on the status of Crimea as Mejlis Chairman Refat Chubarov reported on Facebook.

“We particularly draw your attention to the necessity of the end of the work on the amendment to 10th section of the Constitution of Ukraine “the Autonomous Republic of Crimea”….the developed bill…provides the improvement of the current status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea as not separate component of Ukraine and points at the fact that the source of the special status of the Crimean Autonomy is the right of the Crimean Tatar people for self-identification as the indigenous people in Ukraine,” the message said.

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Moreover, the appeal notes that simultaneously with the bill “On amendment to 10th section of the Constitution of Ukraine, another two draft laws are prepared, which are the part of the mentioned bill – the draft laws “On status of the Crimean Tatar people” and “On indigenous people in Ukraine”.

“We are sure that particularly with the adoption of the mentioned bills of Ukraine, our state will make a crucial step on the liquidation of the consequences of the genocide committed by the Soviet authorities against Crimean Tatar people and restoration of their rights as the indigenous people of Ukraine,” the message said.

Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Crimea is announced to be temporary occupied territory.

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced February 20, 2014, to be the year of the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. On October 2015, then President Petro Poroshenko signed the proper law.

The international organization recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea as illegal and condemned the actions of Russia. West imposed the number of sanctions against Russia.

Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it “the restoration of the historical justice”.


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