70th anniversary of deportations of Crimean Tatars at the UN

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More than hundreds of Muslim Crimean Tatars and New-Yorkers will gather at the United Nations for a commemorative event on the Deportation of Indigenous Crimean Tatars from their Homeland of Crimea. The event will take place at the UN’s Dag Library Auditorium on May 16th from 6 to 8 P.M.

The event will give a historic prospective of the most tragic parts of history of Crimean Tatars. Guests will experience Crimean Tatar culture through photo exhibition, kid’s drawings and music.

This event is organized by Ayla Bakkalli – an official representative of Mejlis of Crimean Tatars with support of Ukrainian Mission to the UN and a non-profit organization Razom (Razom means together in Ukrainian). Mejlis of Crimean Tatars is an official Crimean Tatar organization aiming for reinstatement of national and political rights of the Crimean Tatar people. Razom organization was recently established by Ukrainians in USA. It connects people across the world and aims to help Ukraine’s well-being.

UN, an organization that was established to promote international cooperation, protect human rights and to preserve world’s peace, is closely watching the situation in Ukraine as a part of Ukraine – Crimea peninsula was annexed by Russian Federation.

Crimea is the only place Crimean Tatars call home. They are an ethnic minority comprising about 15% of the whole Crimean population. They are literally a small island of Muslims among Christians in Eastern Europe.

Now, after an upheaval in Crimea, the area has been unstable. It was not too long ago when Moscow forced Tatars to leave Crimea during World War II. Crimean Tatars were prosecuted by the Soviet regime. They had to go through enormous hardships in the past, yet to face a new challenge– an occupation of their land. Now, Crimean Tatars feel threatened by Russia’s Putin, again.

Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians are citizens of the same country and are bound to help each other inside and outside Ukraine. Razom has released a legal report on crisis in Ukraine with a detailed analysis of Crimea annexation and the rights of Crimean Tatars as indigenous people. 

Summery

Muslim Crimean Tatars along with other New Yorkers gather at the United Nations on Friday, May 16, from 6 to 8 P.M. for the anniversary of deportation of Tatars from thier homeland.