SIMFEROPOL – The Platform of European Memory and Conscience recently gathered at the headquarters of former East Germany’s Stasi version of the Soviet KGB in Berlin to discuss “Totalitarianism in Europe.”
The Crimean Majlis [Parliament] has been a member of the Platform since June 2012 (as earlier reported by Den/The Day). Verkhovna Rada MP Mustafa DZHEMILIOV (Majlis Speaker) took part in the meeting. He is also a member of the Tribunal task force, along with members of German, Romanian, Lithuanian, and other European NGOs.
Dzhemiliov spoke about the need for a trial over the crimes perpetrated by the communist regime. Den has the full transcript. Dzheamiliov says Ukraine has adopted a selective approach to the restoration of rights of the oppressed peoples. Under the communist regime, Ukraine suffered the 1932-33 Holodomor [communist-engineered famine], followed by the deportation of Crimean Tatars [ordered by Stalin] on May 18, 1944. Whereas the Ukrainian parliament passed the 1932-33 Holodomor law, with Article 1 reading that this famine was an act of genocide against the Ukrainian people, no bills have been passed in regard to the deportation of Crimean Tatars and the decades they had to spend in exile, he stressed.
The Crimean Majlis Speaker said there could be no selective/discriminate approach to the crimes perpetrated by totalitarian regimes, to their assessment, or to the ways of restoring historical justice. He said the Crimean Majlis will support the Platform’s call for a supranational judicial body to hold trial over the crimes committed by the communist totalitarian regime: “We believe that this trial must go further than placing all proven evidence on record; it should encourage the European Union and Council of Europe member countries to adopt laws aimed at eliminating the hangovers of such regimes. Otherwise, there will remain the threat of misanthropic ideologies and mass crimes.”
Dzhemiliov emphasized the need for the EU, CE, OSCE, and other world bodies to get actively involved in the process of reinstatement of the deported peoples: “There are some 280,000 Crimean Tatars who are in a very difficult social and economic position, people who have managed to return to their native land over the past 20 years, using their own resources. Their status is aggravated, considering that no bill has been passed in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to improve it – in terms of political, economic, social or cultural rights – over the years of national independence. There are also some 150,000 Crimean Tatars who have to remain deportees, against their will, with many families staying disunited.”