Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Affairs of Crimean Tatars since August 20, 2014.
Born on November 13, 1943 in the Crimea.
People's deputy of Ukraine of the III (1998-2002), IV (2002-2006), V (2006-2007), VI (2007-2012), VII (2012-2014) and VIII (since 2014) convocations.
Member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and International Relations.
Member of the deputy faction of the Party "Bloc of Petro Poroshenko".
Chairman of the Subcommittee on Ethnic Policy, Rights of Indigenous Peoples and National Minorities of Ukraine, Victims of Political Repression.
Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People from 1991 to 2013.
World-famous human rights activist, one of the founders and a member of the Initiative Group for the Protection of Human Rights in the USSR (1969).
Political prisoner of the USSR: 1966-1967, 1969-1972, 1974-1975, 1975-1976, 1979-1982, 1983-1986.
Human Rights Award Laureate of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees - "Nansen Refugee Award".
Laureate of P. Orlyk International Prize "For the Democratization of the Ukrainian society".
Laureate of the Polish Award "Solidarity".
Honorary Doctor of Law at Selçuk University (Turkey).
Laureate of the state awards of Ukraine – Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise of the V and the VI grades, Honorary Diplomas of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.