The Association of Culture and Mutual Aid of the Crimean Tatars called upon the UN to condemn the intention of the Russian authorities to adopt a new law regulating the studying of native languages in Russian schools.
The report notes that the State Duma of the Russian Federation on June 19, 2018 adopted the law on the study of native languages in schools in the first reading, thus making it unnecessary to study the national language in the autonomous republics and regions of the Russian Federation.
The statement by the Dernek noted that the relevant draft law contradicts the norms of international law, in particular the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities of December 20, 1993, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the European Convention on Human Rights. It is noted that the document also contradicts the legislation of the Russian Federation.
The authors emphasize that the authorities of the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation carried out the genocide and the policy of assimilation of peoples whose lands they had conquered. Thus, the data from the Great Soviet Encyclopedia is cited: in 1930, about 160 peoples lived on the territory of the USSR, and in 1960 there were 130.
“The policy of the Kremlin regime will affect the occupied Crimea, Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians inhabiting the peninsula. The peoples of Idel-Ural, the Caucasus, Siberia, the Far East, who may lose their own language, will be affected as well. This is the first step towards a cultural genocide,” the message says.
Earlier, Bolyan Sires, the activist of the anti-imperial platform from Idel-Ural, said that the process of obtaining independence by the indigenous peoples of Russia is a matter of time.
A member of the board of the All-Tatar Social Center, former political prisoner Rafis Kashapov said that Russia perceives the Volga peoples as a fertilizer. Kashapov stressed that the persecution of Tatars in Russia has the same reasons as the persecution of Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimean peninsula.