Photo exhibition “Stories from occupied Crimea” opens in Brussels

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Human Rights Centre ZMINA in cooperation with Mission of Ukraine to the EU and Office of Member of the European Parliament Anna Fotyga (European Conservatives and Reformists) will open an exhibition “Stories from Occupied Crimea” at the Ukrainian Hub in Brussels (Place Luxembourg). Guests will be able to see photos about the life in the temporarily occupied Crimea from 18 May till 28 May.

Photo exhibition “Stories from occupied Crimea” will be exposed on 18 May in commemoration of victims of the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people and in honour of Day of fighting for the rights of the Crimean Tatar people. All willing are invited to come to the Ukrainian Hub (Place Luxembourg, in front of the European Parliament) to see the a unique chronicle of life on the peninsula illegally annexed by Russia and documentary evidence of repression against Ukrainian citizens, in particular representatives of the Crimean Tatar people.

Ukrainian reporters Alina Smutko, Taras Ibragimov, and Alyona Savchuk were documenting the lives of families of political prisoners in occupied Crimea in 2014-2019 and for that were banned from entering the Crimean peninsula and the Russian Federation for a period of 10 to 35 years.

The official opening of the photoexhibition will be hold on 23 May at 17:30 in the Ukrainian Hub. The general public is warmly invited to the the event during which they will be able to see photos and to hear the discussion about the life in Crimea.

The discussion will be opened by Ambassador of Ukraine to the EU Vsevolod Chentsov and Member of the European Parliament Anna Fotyga. During the panel, experts will discuss suppression of Crimean Tatars by the Russian authorities since the beginning of the occupation of Crimea in 2014 and stories of political prisoners in Crimea.

Moderator: Tetiana Pechonchyk, Head of Board of Human Rights Centre ZMINA

Gul’nara Abdulaieva, Crimean Tatar, historian and journalist
Iryna Siedova, Expert of Crimean Human Rights Group
Aziz Umerov, Crimean Tatar, brother of the political prisoner Leniie Umerova