Dzhaparova: Noman Chelebidzhikhan Is Crimean Tatar Activist, Who Bridges Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars
On November 28th, the first translation into Ukrainian of a work by Yunus Kandym about Noman Chelebidzhikhan was presented at the news agency Ukrinform. Noman Chelebidzhikhan is a prominent figure in Crimean Tatar history, the first democratically elected Tavrian mufti, the Head of the Crimean Tatar national government in 1917-1918, writer, poet, author of the national anthem.
First Deputy Minister Emine Dzhaparova noted that Noman Chelebidzhikhan is a symbol of resistance and statehood of the Crimean Tatars, of the fight for their rights in the 20th century. “The man who was tortured and murdered on account of his convictions and position. Noman Chelebidzhikhan is a personality who the Ukrainians should get to know not only as a Crimean Tatar activist but also a person bridging Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars,” Dzhaparova said.
Also, the First Deputy added that repressions against Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars are equal. “That is why I insist that the union of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars is natural, as when peoples suffer the same pain and the enemy is the same, such a union is inevitable and should be strengthened.”
“A hundred years ago, the indigenous people of the peninsula at the First Kurultai of the Crimean Tatar people struggled to counter the Bolshevik threat it was facing, and attempted to unite all the peoples of Crimea in the People’s Republic of Crimea,” said Mustafa Dzhemilev, the leader of the Crimean Tatar people.
“All democratic principles, including the equal rights of men and women and freedom of speech, were proclaimed, and it was mentioned that the final form of government in Crimea would be decided at the constituent assembly, where all national organizations in Crimea had been invited,” Dzhemilev said.
Participants: Emine Dzhaparova, First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine; Mustafa Dzhemilev, leader of the Crimean Tatar people, Ukraine’s MP; Refat Chubarov, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Ukraine’s MP; Yurii Kosenko, translator, scientist, Chairman of the Board of NGO “All-Ukrainian Initiative”; Oleh Huzyk, member of the Ukrainian Center for Islamic Studies; Andrii Ivanets, Head of NGO “Tavrian Humanitarian Platform”, Ph.D. in History, fellow at the Scientific and Research Institute of Ukrainian studies with the Ministry of Education of Ukraine.
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