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MIP has presented a communication campaign to the anniversary of the Crimean Tatars genocide – the deportation on 18 May 1944

5 May 2016, in the news agency "Ukrinform", the Ministry of information policy of Ukraine presented the communication campaign "On 18 May we all are the Crimean Tatars" to the anniversary of the Crimean Tatars genocide – the deportation on 18 May 1944.

The campaign of 2016 is to be held under the slogan "I have survived the genocide". Its purpose is to inform Ukrainians and the world community about the tragedy of the deportation, which the Crimean Tatars had survived in 1944.

According to the First Deputy Minister of information policy of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova, the actions of the occupation regime towards the Crimean Tatars in Crimea today is a continuation of the policy of genocide aimed at the destruction of people as an identical unit, who was born and can develop only in the Crimea.

"In the history of the Crimean Tatars there were 3 "evil" dates: the annexation of 1783, when one-third of the Crimean Tatar population has left the Crimea, fleeing from repression; the deportation of 1944, which reduced our numbers doubled and deprived us of our homeland; the annexation of 2014, which is also a continuation of the policy of genocide only in hybrid form", - said Dzhaparova.

In her view, the communication campaign directed primarily at the Ukrainians who have a public request to learn more about the Crimean Tatars.

"The Ukrainian and the Crimean Tatar peoples have much in common. Our peoples have a genetic memory of the pain of genocide. Famine and deportation is the tragedy that was made by one regime. Its goal is to destroy the desire for freedom that unites the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians", - stressed Dzhaparova.

The member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and the chief editor of «QHL» Guyana Yuksel emphasized that the tragic situation today is that, unfortunately, the trouble that came to the houses of the Crimean Tatars in 1944, is repeated now. "The parallel in the deportation in 1944 and the occupation of 2014 is not just a comparison or artificially created fiction. This is the reality in which live our people". Guyana also said that the Crimean Tatar Mejlis together with the Government of Ukraine is preparing a complex of measures to the Day of memory of deportation, and a part of this complex is the communication campaign of MIP to 18 May  "We all are the Crimean Tatars".

Gulnara Abdullah, a historian, a tv presenter held excursion into the past to give an understanding that the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people is again repeated. "The deportation, of course, is the most tragic page in the history of the Crimean Tatar people. It was a moral and physical destruction of the nation. You can draw a parallel if you look at what is happening today with the Crimean Tatars: deportation fails, but, nevertheless, continuous persecution of the population has been started. Russia can not deport the Crimean Tatars from the peninsula, but it has started the policy of "squeezing" the people".

Borys Babin, head of the sector of the Legislation Institute of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine said: "The deportation is a crime that continues. Personally, I believe that the most appropriate is to conduct investigative actions with living witnesses of the deportation; with those who could still provide appropriate pieces of evidence that sooner or later will be used in the respective processes of prosecution of "authors" of the deportation in 1944".

The communication campaign consists of videos, billboards campaign and photo exhibitions.

The billboards campaign and videos to broadcast on television were presented during the event. First Deputy Minister of information policy of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova said that the tragedy of the situation is also in the fact that the Crimean Tatars are prohibited to remember that day. "This is really a special date for the Crimean Tatars. The Russian authorities erase our memory; it erases that what is the basis of our identity", - said First Deputy.

Also scheduled a large range of activities abroad in Turkey, Germany, Canada, America and other European countries, where there are representatives of the Crimean people, who have direct contact with the homeland and follow the developments in the occupied peninsula.

The event was attended by Emine Dzhaparova - First Deputy Minister of information policy of Ukraine; Borys Babin - Head of the sector of the Legislation Institute of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Doctor of Law, Professor; Guyana Yuksel - a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, chief editor of the online edition QHA; Gulnara Abdullah – historian and television presenter.

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