The world has forgotten or is simply silent about the genocide of the Crimean Tatars in 1944, as well as about the fact that today the genocide against the indigenous people of the peninsula continues, said the president of the Congress of Ukrainians of Canada Paul Grod in an interview with the media.

According to him, the international community is not actively defending the rights of the Crimean Tatars.

“We remember not only about the genocide against the Crimean Tatar people that took place 74 years ago, but also that today this genocide, unfortunately, continues. However, the world has forgotten about this or is simply silent," he said.

At the same time, he expressed satisfaction with the level of interaction between the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar diasporas in Canada.

"We are very pleased that we can work closely with the Crimean Tatar community," Grod stated.

According to him, both communities of Canada are convinced that the struggle for the Crimea and the Crimean Tatars is at the same time a struggle for the independence of Ukraine.

Earlier, on May 19, the president of the Crimean Tatar Association of Canada, Rustem Irsai, called on the Canadian Parliament to strengthen sanctions against the Russian regime and to include more oligarchs to the "Magnitsky List".

Irsai stated that oligarchs who support the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin must not be allowed to freely travel to the occupied Crimea.

Previously, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said that Canada is adamant in condemning the occupation of the Crimea, remembers the tragedy of deportation of the Crimean Tatars and promises to continue to speak out in defense of this people. Ottawa also condemns the ban on the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and expects Russia to abolish this illegal and immoral decision.

Source: Ukrinform