Tatar genocide motion tabled in House

MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj

Up to Freeland to respond at this point.

Marco Levytsky, NP-UN National Affairs Editor.

A motion to recognize the 1944 deportation of the Crimean Tatars by Stalin as a genocide, which passed unanimously in the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development Foreign Affairs Committee on June 13, was tabled in the House on June 19 – one day before Parliament recessed for the summer.

As a motion from a parliamentary committee, it now goes to the cabinet to respond within 120 days. In this case, to the Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Her office was contacted by New Pathway – Ukrainian News to comment regarding this response and promised to do so, but as this issue went to press June 24, no response had been received.

However, as Etobicoke Centre M.P Borys Wrzesnewskyj, who authored the motion says Freeland has been “absolutely supportive”, the government is expected to approve the recognition.

In presenting the motion to the House, June 19, Michael Levitt, M.P., Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, stated:

“That pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), and based upon the witness testimony of Mr. Mustafa Dzhemilev on May 16, 2019, and of Mr. Vladimir Kara-Murza on June 10, 2019, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development immediately report to the House the following: that in support of the historic truth and as requested by Mustafa Dzhemilev, the Crimean Tatar deportation of 1944 be recognized as a genocide perpetrated by Soviet dictator Stalin, and that May 18 be designated a day of remembrance for the Crimean Tatar deportation (Sürgünlik).”

Wrzesnewskyj tabled the “Notice of Motion” in the Foreign Affairs Committee on 10 following the testimony provided to the Committee by iconic Crimean Tatar leader and Soviet Gulag survivor Mustafa Dzhemilev and twice poisoned journalist and Russian democratic opposition leader Vladimir Kara-Murza.

The Motion Wrzesnewskyj authored reads:

“That pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), and based upon the witness testimony of Mr. Mustafa Dzhemilev on May 16, 2019, and of Mr. Vladimir Kara-Murza on June 10, 2019, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development immediately report to the House the following: that in support of the historic truth and as requested by Mustafa Dzhemilev, the Crimean Tatar deportation of 1944 be recognized as a genocide perpetrated by Soviet dictator Stalin, and that May 18 be designated a day of remembrance for the Crimean Tatar deportation (Sürgünlik).”

“I would like to thank colleagues from all parties in the House of Commons who have supported the recognition of the Crimean Tatar genocide (Sürgünlik). It is my genuine hope and expectation that the next Government will recognize the Crimean Tatar deportation of 1944 as a genocide and designate May 18 a day of remembrance for the Crimean Tatar deportation according to the unanimously passed motion officially tabled in the House of Commons on the second to last sitting day of the 42nd Parliament,” said Wrzesnewskyj.

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