Human Rights in Crimea Today, European Parliament & University Antwerp

24 June 2015 we organized two roundtables on human rights in Crimea as well as screening the film Haytarma about deportation of Crimean Tatars 1944. The presentations took place at the European Parliament, University of Antwerp, and de Stroming Antwerp. 
We sincerely thank for the success of the events MEP Mark DemesmaekerMission of Ukraine to the NATOFree CrimeaRazom for Ukraine, University of Antwerp, City of Antwerp.
A complex question of human rights in a present-day Crimea was addressed in a round table discussion organised by a NGO ‘Promote Ukraine’ and hosted by Mark Demesmaeker in the European Parliament on 24 June 2015. Three international lawyers, Ivanna Bilych (USA), Olena Sharvan (Ukraine) and Matheus de Moura Sena (Brasil) presented the results of a joint research paper on legal status and the situation of human rights in Crimea, as well as their concrete recommendations for both an internal improvement of the Crimean reality and the eventual interventions from the international community. The presentations were followed by two other contributions by a representative of a civil society, an initiator of the “Free Crimea” project Taras Berezovets, and by Volodymyr A. Vasilenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine, former judge of the International criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The experts’ voices were joined by the audience in a dynamic and engaged discussion about this important case, while searching for ways to bring more clarity to the issue from both legal and humanitarian perspectives.

Film HAYTARMA in Antwerp

The screening of the film “Haytarma” by Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar director Ahtem Seytablayev organized by Promote Ukraine took place in Antwerp on June 24. This Historical and military drama tells the story of the most tragic page in the history of the indigenous population of Crimea, the Crimean Tatars. Now, after the annexation of Crimea by Russia there are a lot of questions raised about state of human rights on the peninsula. After the screening international lawyers Olena Charvan (Ukraine), Matheus De Moura Sena (Brazil), Ivanna Bilych (USA) presented the results of their legal research on the situation. The event was attended as by Ukrainians, so by Belgians, Belorussian, and Russians. The debates was shark, but interesting