11:51 20.03.2014

Rada vows to observe rights of Crimean Tatar people within Ukrainian state

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The Verkhovna Rada guarantees the observance of the rights of the Crimean Tatar people as part of the Ukrainian state.

A total of 283 MPs out of the 309 registered in the session hall voted for a respective statement on Thursday.

"Ukraine guarantees the preservation and development of the ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious identity of the Crimean Tatar people as an indigenous people and all national minorities in Ukraine," reads the document.

According to the document, Ukraine guarantees the protection and realization of the inalienable right to self-determination of the Crimean Tatar people within a sovereign and independent Ukrainian state. Ukraine recognizes the Mejlis (the executive body of the Kurultai) as an authority of the Crimean Tatar people.

The Verkhovna Rada also expressed its support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The parliament instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to urgently draft develop draft laws and regulatory acts of Ukraine that define and secure the status of the Crimean Tatar people as an indigenous people of Ukraine.

"Ukraine strongly condemns any attempts to restrict the political and social rights, civil liberties of citizens of Ukraine who live in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, different ethnicity, in particular, Ukrainians, Russians, Crimean Tatars, Armenians, Bulgarians, Greeks, Germans, Karaites, and Krymchaks that have been observed as a result of an unconstitutional referendum held in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea," reads the statement.

The resolution enters into force on the day of its adoption.