The history of Crimean Tatar National Struggle against communistic regime

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November 14, 2012 year 20:08

The Majlis of Crimean Tatar nation’s delegation participated at the meeting of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience (PEMC) in Berlin on 8-9 November. This is informed by the Majlis External Affairs.

Commemorating the victims of the “Reichskristallnacht” 74 years ago and the victims of Communism on the 23rd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this event was conducted in the building of the former prison of the service of state security “Stasi” of the Communist GDR.

The meeting’s participants talked about prospect to develop the PEMC in the future, to include NGOs that are ready to support this idea and to participate to try the Communist regime in the XX century.

One of decisions was to create five working groups that should elaborate basic principles and points to realize this goal: “Museum of Totalitarianism”, “Education and     school curricula”, “Archives and documentation”, “New International Court and just cause” and “Brave civic projects”.

At the meeting’s first day Mustafa Cemil, the Majlis leader, spoke before participators. His speech was devoted to the deportations of peoples in the former USSR. He noted these deportations of peoples were accompanied by the governmental acts for renaming of historical toponyms, extermination of cultural heritage on homelands, forcible assimilation in places of exile. All these acts allow to determine the deportations as the acts of the genocide. M. Cemil described the current hard situation of the formerly deported peoples, pendency of many their problems, non-compliance of their obligations before the formerly deported peoples by the CIS states. In view of this, the Majlis of Crimean Tatar nation initiated and realized its idea to hold the International Forum for restoration of the rights of the Crimean Tatar people in own Motherland, safeguarding of its security and development in Ukraine.

It was also informed that the Majlis signed with NGOs of the formerly deported peoples of Russia the Memorandum about holding of the Congress of the formerly deported peoples of the former USSR in Crimea in 2013.

“The Nürnberg Process-2 for the Communist regime of the XX century, man-hating ideology of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union is a necessary not only to improve the post-Soviet community but for Europe and, in whole, for humanity because an absence of this important process can lead to revive the Neo-Soviet Empire and the Neo-communism. It would be a tragedy for the whole world”, - Mustafa Cemil stressed.

The Majlis Chairman also emphasised especially on a necessary to open all archives of the former USSR’s governmental structures in the CIS countries. He proposed to involve the international community, the UN, OSCE, EU to this process.

Also Mustafa Cemil had several meeting with participants from different countries, during of which he told about the current situation of the Crimean Tatar nation in Ukraine and its part in other countries of the CIS.


The Platform of European Memory and Conscience is an educational project of the European Union bringing together government institutions and organisations from EU countries active in research, documentation, awareness raising and education about the crimes of totalitarian regimes.

The Platform was founded in Prague on the occasion of the summit of Prime Ministers of the Visegrád Group on 14 October 2011. The signing ceremony took place in the Lichtenstein Palace under the auspices of Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas, Polish Prime Minister and President of the European Council Donald Tusk, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Its goal is described as helping "prevent intolerance, extremism, anti-democratic movements and the recurrence of any totalitarian rule in the future."

The project was originally proposed by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes and the Government of the Czech Republic, and the 2008 Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism; on 2 April 2009, the European Parliament passed a resolution in favour of the initiative, and in June 2009, the Council of the European Union welcomed the initiative. The Platform of European Memory and Conscience was founded as an initiative of the Polish EU presidency in 2011, after the project had been promoted by the Czech EU presidency already in 2009 and by the Hungarian EU presidency in 2011. The secretariat of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience is hosted by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, and the initial activities of the Platform are funded with a grant from the International Visegrád Fund. The founding institutions included government agencies of the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia, as well as several NGOs.


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