Mustafa Dzhemilev is a human rights activist, one of the founders and a member of a human rights initiative group. He is a former Soviet political prisoner, former Chairman of the Mejlis (parliament) of the Crimean Tatar People, and recognized as a leader of the Crimean Tatar National Movement. As a member of the Ukrainian Parliament in the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, he has been appointed by the President of Ukraine as the representative on Crimean Tatar Affairs.
He was honored with the Light of Justice Award in 2011.
Mustafa Dzhemilev about the Light of Justice Award:
“The very name of the award requires us all, in the name of justice and truth, to follow the path of light, which guarantees the rights and freedoms for both the Ukrainian nation and the Crimean Tatar people.
It is with great honor that I accept this award on behalf of the all Crimean Tatars and their national movement, which I have had the honor of leading for several decades.
Presenting this award to a representative of the Crimean Tatar people, is a momentous event, especially given the conditions of Ukraine’s complicated domestic and foreign developments; one that obliges all of us to put actions directed at strengthening Ukarine’s democracy and its inclusion into the united family of freedom-loving nations of the European community in motion.
Moreover, I would like to express my profound gratitude to the brave Ukrainian patriot, the father of Ms. Anastasia Shkilnyk, Mykhailo Shkilnyk, who was an outstanding lawyer, a public and political activist at the time of the Liberation Movement in Ukraine from 1917-1921, and who, throughout his life, held his motherland dear and despaired for her fate.”