[Marxism] Decision of 6th Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar People on the Right to Self-Determination

Michael Karadjis mkaradjis at gmail.com
Wed Apr 2 23:29:56 MDT 2014


I'm assuming all those supporting Crimea's annexation to Russia on the 
basis of self-determination will be equally supportive of this move y 
the Crimean Tatars. I don't think I could bear to read the excuses 
otherwise.
MK

Decision of 6th Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar People «On Implementation 
of Right to Self-Determination by Crimean Tatar People in Their 
Historical Territory – Crimea» March 29, 2014

http://qtmm.org/en/news/4414-decision-of-6th-qurultay-of-the-crimean-tatar-people-on-implementation-of-right-to-self-determination-by-crimean-tatar-people-in-their-historical-territory-crimea

The Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar People appealed to U.N., CoE, EU, 
OSCE, OIC, to nations, parliaments and governments of states calling 
them to support the right of the Crimean Tatar people to 
self-determination in their historical territory – Crimea.

The Decision of the 6th Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar People “On the 
Implementation of the Right to Self-Determination by the Crimean Tatar 
People in Their Historical Territory – Crimea”, adopted on March 29, 
2014 at the special 2nd session of the national convention of the 
Crimean Tatars said.

The majority of the delegates of the Qurultay of the 6th convocation 
supported the mentioned decision.

212 delegates vote for it, 1 – against and 4 – abstained.

Full text of the Decision of the 6th Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar 
People

“ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RIGHT OF CRIMEAN TATAR PEOPLE TO 
SELF-DETERMINATION IN THEIR HISTORICAL TERRITORY – CRIMEA”

On March 16, 2014, the “All-Crimean Referendum” took place in Crimea 
that served a basis to the “Agreement between the Russian Federation and 
the Republic of Crimea on Admitting to the Russian Federation the 
Republic of Crimea and Establishing within the Russian Federation New 
Constituent Entities” that was signed on March 18, 2014. On March 21 the 
Federal Constitutional Law “On Admitting to the Russian Federation the 
Republic of Crimea and Establishing within the Russian Federation the 
New Constituent Entities of the Republic of Crimea and the City of 
Federal Importance Sevastopol” and Federal Law “On Ratifying the 
Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Crimea on 
Admitting to the Russian Federation the Republic of Crimea and 
Establishing within the Russian Federation New Constituent Entities” was 
ratified.

Since February 27, 2014, all stages relating to the announcement, 
preparation and holding of “all-Crimean referendum” was accompanied by a 
legal bacchanalia when the troops and military equipment were brought to 
Crimea en mass and checkpoints were built quickly in every entrance and 
exits in Crimea.

The various paramilitary organizations – “Crimean vigilantes” and 
“self-defense squads” consisting also of the Cossacks, who arrived from 
the neighborhood regions of Russia, caused the special tension and 
anxiety in the Crimean society during this period.

In conditions of a real threat of violence against the Crimean 
residents, whose positions concerning the status of Crimea differed from 
the position of those who organized and hold the referendum, and 
considering that the questions, suggested at the referendum couldn’t be 
discussed thoroughly in the Crimean society due to lack of time for the 
preparation and holding of the referendum (only 10 days), the Mejlis of 
the Crimean Tatar People called every Crimean Tatar and persons 
belonging to other nationalities to boycott all stages of preparation 
and holding of all-Crimean referendum and do not come to the polling 
stations on the voting day.

The objective analysis of the voting of March 16, 2014 in the polling 
stations testifies to the fact that the overwhelming majority of the 
Crimean Tatars did not take part in the referendum, following the 
suggestion of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People.

Many people belonging to other nationalities did not take part in the 
vote as well.

THE QURULTAY OF THE CRIMEAN TATAR PEOPLE:

- following from the fact that changing of the status of Crimea was made 
without the agreement and clearly expressed will of the Crimean Tatar 
people – indigenous people of Crimea;

- based on the generally accepted norms of the international documents, 
guaranteeing the right to self-determination - – the UN Charter, 
Resolution № 1514 (XV) of the UN General Assembly of December 14, 1960, 
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and 
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of December 16, 
1966, Declaration on Principles of International Law Concerning Friendly 
Relations and Cooperation Between States in accordance with the UN 
Charter, adopted on October 24, 1970 and etc;

- based on the UN Declaration “On the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples” 
of September 13, 2007, in particular:

a) right of the indigenous people to self-determination (article 3),

b) right of the indigenous people to the autonomy and self-governance 
(article 4),

c) right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, legal, 
economic, social and cultural institutions, while retaining their right 
to participate fully, if they so choose, in the political, economic, 
social and cultural life of the State (article 5),

d) military activities shall not take place in the territories of 
indigenous peoples, unless justified by a relevant public interest or 
otherwise freely agreed (article 30),

e) right to access to and prompt decision through just and fair 
procedures for the resolution of conflicts and disputes with States or 
other parties (article 40);

- based on the Declaration on the National Sovereignty of the Crimean 
Tatar People, adopted by the 2nd Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar People on 
June 28, 1991;

- confirming the strict intention to strengthening and further 
development of the relations between the Crimean Tatars and all ethnic 
communities, living in Crimea on the basis of the mutual respect, 
recognition of the human rights and civil rights and interests, equal 
observance of the political, economic, cultural, religious and other 
legal rights,

DECIDES

1. Announce the beginning of the political and legal procedures to 
establish (restore) the national-territorial autonomy of the Crimean 
Tatar people in their historical territory - Crimea

2. Order the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People to contact the 
international organizations – the UN, CoE, EU, OSCE, OIC, parliaments 
and governments of states concerning all issues of ensuring the rights 
of the Crimean Tatar people to the self-determination in the form of the 
national-territorial autonomy in their historical territory – Crimea.

THE QURULTAY OF THE CRIMEAN TATAR PEOPLE ADDRESSES

the UN, CoE, EU, OSCE, OIC, parliaments and governments of states to 
support the right of the Crimean Tatar people to self-determination in 
their historical territory – Crimea.



Adopted at the 2nd special session of the 6th Qurultay of the Crimean 
Tatar People

On March 29, 2014

Bakhchisaray, Crimea 





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