|A Crimean Tatar protest against Russian occupation of Crimea.|
The sign reads: "We are on our own land."
A new organization, De-Occupy Crimea, has been formed to help end the illegal Russian occupation of Crimea and restore the "Crimean Tatar Autonomous Republic" within an independent Ukraine. Sound like a dream? It won't be easy. It will take time. But given the history of the Crimean Tatar people, out of sheer force of will, they will one day be masters of their indigenous homeland.
"We have the legal status of being the indigenous population of Crimea and we need to act on its behalf," the Majlis Congress declared in August 2015 in Ankara, and again at its congress in December 2015 in Kyiv. "The right to self-determination belongs to the indigenous Crimean Tatar people." (Paul A. Goble, "New Organization Formed," euromaidenpress.com, 4 Dec. 2015.)
Concerned about the continued suffering of the Crimean people, the death and disappearance of hundreds of Tatar, the human rights abuses, and the seeming indifference of Ukrainian authorities "despite bold words," De-Occupy Crimea is dedicated to increasing efforts to make sure that "Crimea is not forgotten."
|Crimean Tatars form De-Occupy Crimea|
TO WATCH FOR: A new documentary is coming out in March 2016 in Washington, DC: "A Struggle for Home: The Crimean Tatar," by filmmaker Christina Paschyn. Link: http://astruggleforhome.com/ to learn more about this film and to see a trailer.
See also blog on Mustafa Dzhemilev, a long-time fighter for the rights of the Crimean Tatar: http://francurrocaryblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/next-nobel-prize-winner-mustafa.html
Readings on the Crimean Tatars: Blog post from my PCV friend Barb Wieser. A SHORT BIBLIOGRAPHY
Sometimes people ask me where they can read more about the history of Crimean Tatars and their struggles. I always first point them to the website of the American diaspora organization, International Committee for Crimea (iccrimea.org) which is filled with informative, well researched articles.