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How did Russia's military aggression against Ukraine affect indigenous peoples?

On Thursday, May 5, the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the UN held a side event within the framework of the 21st session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples on the topic: Russian military Aggression against Ukraine: Impact on Indigenous Peoples.

Side event speakers were:

Refat Chubarov - Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people

Eskender Bariiev - Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, member of the Presidium of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people

Pavel Sulandziga - board member of the Indigenous Peoples Rights International

Lieila Ibrahimova – Deputy of the Zaporizhia Regional Council, Director of the Melitopol Museum of Local Lore

Olena Arabadzhi - Head of the National-Cultural Karaite Society “Dzhamaat”

Moderator Oliver Loode  – Member of UNPFII (2014-2016), Director of «URALIC Center NGO»  (Estonia) began the event with an introductory speech, who noted that the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine had a negative impact on the indigenous peoples of both Ukraine and Russia. He noted that this war affected all spheres of life of representatives of the indigenous peoples.

The participants of the side event were welcomed by the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzheppar and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Sergiy Kyslytsya.

The experts provided information on human rights violations and war crimes committed by Russia as an aggressor state in Ukraine against representatives of the indigenous peoples, analyzed the consequences of Russia's full-scale aggression against Ukraine, and discussed the challenges indigenous peoples are facing.

Refat Chubarov noted that Russia's armed aggression against Ukraine began in February 2014, when Russian troops invaded Ukraine and occupied Crimea. The head of the Mejlis believes that at that time neither the UN, nor the OSCE, nor other international organizations were able to take effective measures that would force the Russian Federation to abandon its criminal plans against Ukraine.

Eskender Bariiev spoke about violations of the rights of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people of Ukraine in the occupied Crimea, as well as in the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions.

“In connection with the Russian-Ukrainian war, more than 7 thousand representatives of indigenous peoples became IDPs or refugees. At the same time, we see that they continue to be persecuted for religious, ethnic and political reasons. The actions of the Russian Federation are criminal, politically motivated and grossly violate international law”,- he stressed.

Olena Arabadzhi spoke about the situation of the indigenous Karaite people of Ukraine in conditions of the Russian-Ukrainian war. She stressed that 50 percent of the Karaites were forced to leave their lands.

Leila Ibrahimova spoke about the repressions of representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people in the new temporarily occupied territories, based on her own experience. She shared the story of the search in her own house, about the detention and interrogation, as well as about the capture of the Melitopol Museum of Local Lore and the theft of Scythian gold.

Pavel Sulandziga during his speech read out the statement of the indigenous peoples in connection with the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine. He noted that the authors of the statement are representatives of the indigenous peoples of Russia and Ukraine, but he calls on representatives of the indigenous peoples of the world to join this statement.

Watch video of the side event.

Statement by the Crimean Tatar Resource Center in connection with the mass searches and arrests of Crimean Tatar activists on August 17, 2021 in the occupied Crimea

On Tuesday, August 17, Russian security officials conducted searches in five houses of the Crimean Tatars in the Bakhchysarai, Simferopol, and Sevastopol districts of Crimea.

24 August 2021

Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into Crimean Tatar

The translation of the declaration was carried out with the support of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Ukraine

1 August 2021

Analysis of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea for the first half of 2021 (presentation)

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center presented an analysis of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea for the first half of 2021. According to the organization, during the reporting period, the Russian security forces conducted 32 searches, 156 arrests / detentions and 41 interrogations, interviews and conversations. The total number of arrests in the first six months of this year is 96: 14 - new arrests, 55 - prolongations of detention, sentences - 27. There were 205 cases of violation of the right to a fair trial, 90 - to the healthcare access. Also, 36 cases of transferring of political prisoners of Crimea were recorded. Fines were imposed 28 times. Most of the violations by the occupants are attributed to the representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people. This practice has become systemic on the peninsula.

21 July 2021

Crimea: from dehydration to floods

Svitlana Boichenko, Doctor of Geographical Sciences, Associate Professor Yevhen Khlobystov, Doctor of Economics, Professor

17 July 2021

Analysis of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea over June 2021 (presentation)

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center presents an analysis of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea in June 2021. According to the organization, during the reporting period, 2 arrests, 2 cases of interrogations, interviews and conversations were recorded. The total number of arrests in June is 24. 28 cases of violation of the right to a fair trial were recorded. There are 7 known cases of violation of the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

10 July 2021

Strengthening the institutional capacity of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center

Supported by: International Renaissance Foundation

5 July 2021

State of emergency declared in Yalta

On Friday, June 18, in the occupied Crimea, in Yalta, a state of emergency was introduced due to heavy rainfall. This was announced by the so-called head of the administration of Yalta, Yanina Pavlenko, on her Facebook page.

18 June 2021

Analysis of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea over May 2021 (presentation)

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center presents an analysis of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea over May 2021. According to the organization, during the reporting period, 4 searches, 2 arrests, 6 cases of interrogations, interviews and conversations were recorded. The total number of arrests in April is 3. There were 29 cases of violation of the right to a fair trial. There are 7 known cases of violation of the right to the healthcare access.

10 June 2021

Situation analysis in the occupied Crimea as of 2020

The publication presents the results of the analysis of information obtained from open sources during the interviews of activists, lawyers, victims of repressions and their relatives, monitoring of the Committee for the Protection of Rights of the Crimean Tatar People and the Crimean Tatar Resource Center

31 May 2021

There is a decrease in the area of the water surface for all large reservoirs of the Crimean peninsula - CTRC

On Thursday, May 20 at 16:00, experts of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center in an online format presented the results of monitoring of the water resources of Crimea based on satellite imagery for the period from November 2020 to April 2021. According to the organization, there is a reduction in the water surface of almost all water bodies in on average of 33%.

21 May 2021

A brief overview of the process of atmospheric pollution in Crimea

The air of Crimea is one of the main elements of the natural resources of the peninsula. At the same time, it has always been subjected to anthropogenic impact from the point of view of pollution by various pollutants, including those hazardous to human health. Taking into account the temporary occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea by the Russian Federation, it is interesting to understand the state of the pollution process over the next five years after the forceful seizure of the peninsula.

20 May 2021

Analysis of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea over April 2021 (presentation)

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center presents an analysis of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea for April 2021. According to the organization, during the reporting period, 7 searches, 6 arrests, 11 cases of interrogations, interviews and conversations were recorded. The total number of arrests in April is 24, 16 - against representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people. 35 cases of violation of the right to a fair trial were recorded. There are 25 known cases of violation of the right to the healtcare access.

12 May 2021

Analysis of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea over March 2021 (presentation)

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center presents an analysis of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea over March 2021. According to the organization, during the reporting period, 9 searches, 8 arrests / detentions, 8 cases of interrogations, interviews and conversations were recorded. The total number of arrests in March is 8, 2 - against representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people. 22 cases of violation of the right to a fair trial were recorded. There are 21 known cases of violation of the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

6 April 2021

Analysis of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea over February 2021 (presentation)

The Crimean Tatar Resource Center presented an analysis of human rights violations in the occupied Crimea for February 2021. According to the organization, during the reporting period, 10 searches, 11 arrests / detentions, 10 cases of interrogations, interviews and conversations were recorded. The total number of arrests in February is 19, 15 - against representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people. 44 cases of violation of the right to a fair trial were recorded. There are 20 known cases of violation of the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. Also, 19 cases of transferring of political prisoners of Crimea were recorded.

12 March 2021

Khlobystov: The problem with drinking water in Crimea has absolutely nothing to do with the closure of the North Crimean Canal

Expert of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center Yevhen Khlobystov said on the air of the UA:Crimea TV channel that the problem with drinking water in Crimea is absolutely not connected with the blocking of the North Crimean canal. This situation is the reason of the policy of the occupation authorities, which redistributes water in favor of the military-industrial complex of the peninsula.

22 February 2021

High mercury content recorded in Syvash

Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas published a study in which it was reported that the total content of mercury (dissolved and suspended) in the water of Syvash is much higher than in the Black and Azov seas.

16 February 2021

“MP, help the Crimean political prisoners!”

The international movement for the de-occupation of Crimea and solidarity with the Crimean Tatar people #LIBERATECRIMEA within the framework of the international campaign Atalık (Godfather) launches the campaign “MP, help the Crimean political prisoners!” and calls on Ukrainian parliamentarians to take patronage over the Crimeans who were arrested or persecuted by the Russian occupants. The online presentation of the campaign, timed to coincide with the International Human Rights Day, will take place on Friday, December 11 from 17:00 to 18:00, via the ZOOM platform at the link: https://cutt.ly/PhE8h8H. We invite everyone to join the event and express solidarity with our compatriots who are illegally detained in jails and prisons in Crimea and Russia.

14 February 2021