The violation of the rights of the indigenous peoples of Ukraine in conditions of the Russian occupation of Crimea was discussed in the UN

July 14, 2017

On Monday, July 10, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people organized a side event in Geneva as part of the X session of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. At the side event, they talked about the violation of the rights of the indigenous peoples of Ukraine under the conditions of the Russian occupation of Crimea.

Eskender Bariiev, Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, greeted the event participants on behalf of the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev and Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Refat Chubarov, thanked the Committee of the UN member countries for supporting the UN Resolution on December 19, 2016, Ministers of the Council of Europe for the Decision on Crimea of May 3, 2017, as well as international human rights organizations for supporting the Crimean Tatar people.

In his speech, Eskender Bariiev spoke about the actions of the occupation authorities, which grossly violate the articles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the IV Geneva Convention. He also informed those present about the idea of the International Movement of Solidarity with the Crimean Tatar People.

Professor Borys Babin, speaking at the session of the Expert Mechanism, emphasized the fact of the RF refusal to comply with the order of the International Court of Justice on the need to lift the ban of the Mejlis.

Abdureshit Dzhepparov, an activist of the Crimean Tatar national movement, coordinator of the Crimean Solidarity public association, whose son and nephew were forcibly kidnapped in September 2014, informed the participants about the missing and dead people during the period of the Russian occupation of Crimea. Until now, nothing is known about the fate of these men.

Ridvan Bari Urkosta proposed to initiate the creation of a special rapporteur on the human rights situation on the Crimean Tatars in the UN system.

As part of the side event, a short film was shown about the violation of the rights of the Crimean Tatar people, prepared by the ATR TV channel and the Crimean Tatar Resource Center.

The organizers of the event presented an exhibition about the history and culture of the Crimean Tatar people, prepared by the Estonian Institute for Human Rights, the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. The historical consultant of this exhibition is Hulnara Abdullaieva. An exposition of portraits of political prisoners, missing and dead people during the occupation of Crimea was also presented.

In addition, on July 10, a meeting was held with the Third Secretary for Human Rights of the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva, Mrs. Merje Magi.

On July 11, 2017, a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center Eskender Bariev and Professor Borys Babin met with the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples, Mrs. Victoria Tauli-Corpus. The parties discussed the issues of violent abductions and killings of representatives of indigenous peoples in Crimea, illegal arrests, the illegal ban of the Mejlis and the refusal of the Russian Federation to comply with the norms of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The meeting was attended by the Crimean Tatar researcher Ridvan Bari Urkosta.

On July 11, a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center Eskender Bariiev met with the President of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Mariam Wallet Abubakrine, and was informed about the violent abductions and killings of indigenous peoples in Crimea, illegal arrests, unlawful ban of the Mejlis and failure of the RF to comply with the norms of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

On July 12, a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center Eskender Bariiev met with the Deputy Chairman of the Saami Parliament in Finland Tuomas Aslak Juuso, within the framework of which issues were discussed about the prospects of inter-parliamentary cooperation between the Parliaments of the Saami people of Finland, Sweden, Norway and the Mejlis.

Also, a representative of the Krymchak people, lawyer Viacheslav Lombroso took part in the work of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center expresses its gratitude to the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva, represented by the First Secretary Ms. Olha Kavun.

The organization of a side event within the framework of the X session of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was carried out with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation.