"I strongly believe that Mustafa Dzhemilev deserves to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the current geopolitical situation. That's why I decided to submit his nomination to the Nobel Committee," Deputy Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland Małgorzata Gosiewska, who initiated the nomination of Mustafa Dzhemilev for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, told an Ukrinform correspondent.
According to her, numerous Polish organizations that cooperated with the Crimean Tatars, supporting their desire for freedom since Soviet times, also urged to do so.
As Gosiewska stressed, Dzhemilev's biography and activities should be properly assessed. Back in his youth, he fought for the rights of his exiled people, doing so peacefully, without resorting to violence and terror, and was repeatedly persecuted and imprisoned for his activities.
The Polish politician noted that after returning to his homeland, Dzhemilev became the leader of the Crimean Tatar people and continued to defend their rights during the Russian occupation of Crimea.
"In my opinion, Dzhemilev should have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize much earlier. However, now is a special period: Vladimir Putin, the aggressor that occupied Crimea, now threatens to attack Ukraine, poses a threat to Europe. Dzhemilev's personality reminds us all, as well as Western Europe and the world, how dangerous the Russian Federation can be as it is constantly trying to restore its former influence and deprive the nations of freedom, seeking to rebuild the empire," said the Deputy Marshal of Poland’s Sejm.
According to her, the world should find out the history of the Crimean Tatars and their struggle. "Mustafa Dzhemilev is a figure who can perform this task perfectly well," Gosiewska summed up.
As a reminder, Poland, at the initiative of Gosiewska, nominated leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev for Nobel Peace Prize 2022.
Other nominees are British naturalist David Attenborough, the World Health Organization, Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Tuvaluan Foreign Minister Simon Kofe, and Pope Francis.