Special Status of the Crimean Tatars in the Legislation of Ukraine

In: European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online
Author: Csilla Fedinec
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Though the Ukrainian state has not had sovereign rights over Crimea since 2014, Crimean Tatars have continued to repeatedly and emphatically assert their rights to self-determination. In March 2014, the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) adopted a resolution on guarantees of the rights of the Crimean Tatar people as a part of the state of Ukraine. The resolution formally recognized the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The resolution proposes that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine instructs the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to urgently submit draft laws on status of the Crimean Tatar people as indigenous people of Ukraine. However, at the end of 2017, no such draft law or regulatory legal act has been seen. The purpose of this article is to analyse the situation of the Crimean Tatars in the Ukrainian legislation.

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