Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, member of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Eskender Bariiev called for the development of an Action Plan for Indigenous Peoples in the OSCE region. He stated this in Warsaw at the OSCE Meeting on the Review of the Implementation of Commitments dedicated to the human dimension.
At Working Session 6, On freedom of peaceful assembly and association, Bariiev called for the development of an Action Plan for Indigenous Peoples in the OSCE Region as a regional document of the UN System-Wide Action Plan.
In addition, Eskender Bariiev stressed that the leadership and the OSCE member states need on a permanent basis, including during bilateral cooperation, to demand from Russia the implementation of the Interim Decision of the UN ICJ, Resolutions of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the resolution of the Council of Europe and the Council of Europe on the annulment of the decision to ban the Mejlis. He also noted that it is necessary to create a systemic dialogue between the OSCE and other international organizations and bodies (UN, UNESCO, UN Human Rights Council, CoE) on the human rights situation in Crimea in order to ensure synergy of efforts.
Among the recommendations of the member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people is to assist in ensuring free democratic elections to the representative bodies of the Crimean Tatar people under the auspices of the OSCE, to include the issue of protecting the rights of representatives of indigenous peoples and national minorities in Crimea (primarily Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians) on the agenda of the official dialogue between the Council of Europe and the OSCE .
The head of the board of the CTRC also believes that it is necessary to strengthen the institutional capacity of law enforcement agencies and public organizations of Ukraine involved in the investigation (monitoring) of human rights violations in Crimea.
At the level of the Ukrainian state, Eskender Bariiev called to:
1. Adopt a law on the indigenous peoples of Ukraine, thus adequately introduce the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people into the legal field of Ukraine;
2. Develop a National Action Plan to improve the situation of indigenous peoples in Ukraine;
3. Develop a mechanism for the institutional representation of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people as part of the Ukrainian representation in inter-parliamentary cooperation.
At the level of the Russian Federation and the de facto authorities in Crimea, the member of the Mejlis called to:
1. Execute the interim decision of the UN ICJ, i.e. cancel the decision of the Supreme Court of Russia to ban the Mejlis and allow it to work on the territory of Crimea;
2. Fulfill all of its obligations as the occupying power exercising de facto control over Crimea, in accordance with applicable international law;
3. Release 94 political prisoners in Crimea and Konstantin Kotov;
4. Investigate the enforced disappearances of Ervin Ibragimov and ten other Crimean Tatars.
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