On February 23, International Mother Language Day, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center (CRC) announced at the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center that it had begun the work on the official translation of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of the Council of Europe into the Crimean Tatar language. The representatives of the organization spoke about the importance of the translation of this document and on the further prospects for its registration. Now the Convention is available in forty languages of the world, but there is still no official translation into Crimean Tatar language. Thus, the CRC sets itself the goal of officially registering the Convention in the Crimean Tatar language, noted a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Eskender Bariev.
Mentioned Chairman of the Board of the CRC recalled that on November 6, 2019, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the period from 2022 to 2032 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages. The participants of the event believe that the registration of the translation of the Convention in the Crimean Tatar language will demonstrate the existence of the Crimean Tatar People’s collective rights of the and Crimean Tatar’s adherence to the rule of law.
During the presentation, an expert of the Association of the Reintegration the Crimea, Professor Boris Babin noted, that the 1950 Convention and its protocols are acquiring the exceptional importance for the protection of the entire Crimean Tatar People’s rights under Russian occupation. This is extremely important due to the thousands of Crimean residents’ claims against the aggressor State, filed in Strasbourg already, also as within the framework of the European Court of Human Rights’ recognition in December 2020 on the admissibility of the interstate application in the case “Ukraine v. Russia”, that describes mass invaders’ violations of the hundreds of thousands of Crimean inhabitants’ rights.
In addition, the Crimean Tatar version of the Convention will become an important component of the modern Crimean Tatar legal and business language development, as for one of important modern European languages, the oppression of which on the peninsula, unfortunately, continues.
It is noteworthy that the invaders, constantly flaunting the fact that since 2014 the Crimean Tatar language in Crimea is allegedly a “State” language, are in no hurry to translate neither their own “legislation”, not the international acts, into it. However, in fact, exactly the current Constitution of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea of 1998, approved by the law of Ukraine, guarantees a special status to the Crimean Tatar language.