Dzhaparova: The Prize Awarded to Ilmi Umerov, Recognition of Crimean Tatars' Fight for Crimea to Be Part of Ukraine
On November 13, a media event titled “Ilmi Umerov, a Winner of the Prize of the European Memory and Conscience Platform”, was held at the Ukrinform news agency with the participation of Emine Dzhaparova, First Deputy Minister of Information Policy.
During the event, Emine Dzhaparova noted that the Prize awarded to Ilmi Umerov was a recognition of the Crimean Tatars’ fight for Crimea to be part of Ukraine. “The Prize’s symbol is fighting regimes, and that is what the Crimean Tatar national liberation movement is based on now, in the same way as opposition to the Soviet communist regime used to be the basis of national movement,” the First Deputy said.
According to Ilmi Umerov, the liberation of Oleh Sentsov and other political prisoners was discussed at the meeting with Turkish President Erdogan, but the main topic was the de-occupation of Crimea and its return to Ukraine. “Of course, we spoke about some other aspect, that the de-occupation of Crimea, its return to Ukraine is an essential condition and is key, and the liberation of two individuals is just a small part,” said the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis.
Organized by: The Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine.
Participants: Emine Dzhaparova, First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine; Ilmi Umerov, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people; Eskender Bariev, a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Chairman of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center.
It should be recalled that Ilmi Umerov was awarded in Paris during the Platform’s conference “100 Years of Communism. History and Memory.” He was given the Prize of the European Memory and Conscience Platform ‘in recognition of his struggle against totalitarianism, for the ideals of democracy, fundamental human rights and freedoms and the rule of law.’