The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people intends to appeal to the UN, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe with a demand for an immediate end to the Russian occupation of the Crimea, according to the statement of the Head of the Mejlis Refat Chubarov at a press conference in Kyiv on May 15, the correspondent of QHA reports.

He noted that the text of the appeal to these international organizations had been approved at the meeting of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars (WCCT) Executive Committee.

"We demand the measures to be taken to immediately end the Russian occupation of the Crimea, the immediate release of political prisoners, the complete withdrawal of Russian troops from the peninsula and the restoration of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine in its internationally recognized borders, including the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. We demand to begin work on the creation of an international tribunal on crimes committed by Russia against Ukraine and its citizens, including those against the Crimean Tatar people; To act as guarantors of the protection, preservation and development of the Crimean Tatar people, which is to be ensured through the exercise of their inalienable right to self-determination in the form of national-territorial autonomy within the borders of the Crimea as part of a unitary Ukrainian state," the message reads.

According to Chubarov, today, May 15, a signature campaign has been launched: The collection of signatures under this appeal, which will be carried out by volunteers in Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Canada and the US and will last until December 1 of this year.

The Head of the Mejlis noted that the organizers plan to collect about one million signatures, which will be transferred to the above-mentioned international organizations.