International Committee for Crimea
ICC, P.O. Box 15078, Washington, DC 20003.
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Foundation for Naturalization and Human Rights (Simferopol)
Citizenship--the basic right of humans,
because it is the right to have the rights
According to the official data, in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea there are about 100,000 people who do not have Ukrainian citizenship. The overwhelming majority of them are representatives of the formerly deported peoples. By their legal status these people are either citizens of other countries (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, etc.) or persons without any citizenship. All of them have returned from exile with the strong intention to reside permanently in Crimea. Despite this fact, the existing legislation and conditions do not allow them to obtain Ukrainian citizenship in a relatively short time. These people remain without most of the rights that Ukrainian citizens have and practically are excluded from normal public life.
Since its establishment in 1997, the Foundation has been working on the citizenship issue. It carefully keeps up with the legislation updates, maintains close contacts with the state offices working on related matters and with international organizations. (In particular, good cooperation was established with the UN High Commissioner on Refugees Office in Ukraine). The Foundation staff assists people in filling out the required forms to obtain Ukrainian citizenship. The Foundation also helps people identify and solve problems caused by the lack of Ukrainian citizenship.
Director: Konstantin Rustemov
ICC, P.O.Box 15078, Washington, DC 20003