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Mustafa: Film Screening and Discussion
May 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
The National Endowment for Democracy invites you to a screening of the documentary film “Mustafa.”When Mustafa Dzhemilev was named Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Affairs of Crimean Tatars in 2014, he gained an official title for the work he relentlessly pursued since the darkest days of the Soviet Union. Dzhemilev, a renowned human rights activist and Soviet dissident, campaigned for the right of return of the Crimean Tatars following their deportation under Stalin. As a result, he spent 15 years in prison camps in the USSR and undertook what remains the longest hunger strike on record – 300 days.Today, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, Dzhemilev and the Crimean Tatars face renewed persecution. The Russian annexation has been accompanied by numerous human rights violations, including beatings and kidnappings of civic activists. Crimean Tatar activists such as Dzhemilev have been singled out for persecution. As historical leader of the Crimean Tatar National Movement, his new struggle can serve to draw attention to the poor human rights situation in Crimea.NED is pleased to welcome Jorgan Andrews, Director for Eastern European Affairs at the U.S. State Department to make remarks about the current challenges in Ukraine and Crimea. NED is also pleased to welcome Ms. Tamila Tasheva from Crimea SOS, a grantee that received NED support for the production of the documentary film, Mustafa. Ms. Tasheva will introduce the film and set the stage for what is sure to be an important and memorable conversation between Mustafa Dzhemilev and Paula Dobriansky.We hope you will join us as we examine the continuing struggle of the Crimean Tatars and pay tribute to the life and continuing work of Mustafa Dzhemilev. Featuring a conversation with: **Mustafa Dzhemilev, Commissioner for the Affairs of Crimean Tartars, Office of the President of Ukraine -and- **Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project, Kennedy School, Harvard University With remarks by: **Jorgan Andrews, Director for Eastern European Affairs, U.S. Department of State **Tamila Tasheva, Co-founder and Chairwoman, CrimeaSOS And presentation of the Democracy Service Medal to Mustafa Dzhemilev. Light reception to follow WHEN: Thursday, May 24 … 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm WHERE: NED, 1025 “F” Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004 FOR MORE INFORMATION: To RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mustafa-film-screening-and-discussion-tickets-46146488389