On Monday, April 26, within the framework of the 20th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, a side event "Threats to Sustainable Development of Indigenous Peoples in conditions of Interstate Conflicts on the Example of Russia-Occupied Crimea" was held. The speakers informed the international community about the real situation in the occupied Crimea and about the repressions against the indigenous Crimean Tatar people.
The speakers at the event were:
Sergiy Kyslytsya – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations
Emine Dzheppar – First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
Refat Chubarov -Head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people
Eskender Bariiev – Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Member of the Presidium of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People
Olexiy Plotnikov Ph.D., expert of Association of Reintegration of Crimea
Suleiman Mamutov- Coordinator of Crimean Educational Platform Q-Hub
Oliver Loode – Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2014-2016), Director of the URALIC Center NGO (Estonia)
In addition, the event was attended by MP, leader of the Crimean Tatar movement Mustafa Dzhemilev, Crimean lawyer Viacheslav Lombroso, Olena Arabadzhi, Chairman of the NGO Melitopol National Cultural Karaite Society Jamaat, Deputy Permanent Representative of Poland to the UN Mateusz Sakowicz, Permanent Representative of Latvia to UN Andrejs Pildegovichs, Deputy Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN Bilge Kochigit, UNFN Chief Delegate Nipavi Kakinoosit, as well as representatives of the world's indigenous peoples, member Mariam Koshelek Abubakrin and Tai Pelly.
The following topics were discussed:
1. The human rights situation in the Russia-occupied Crimea as a threat to implementing Sustainable Development Goal 16.
2. Ban of the representative body – the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people as a direct threat to the survival, preservation of dignity and development of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people in conditions of the temporary occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
3. Environmental and humanitarian challenges for Crimea and its Indigenous peoples caused by the irrational and irresponsible activities of the Russian occupation administration.
4. Legal assessment of the actions of the occupation administration of the Russian Federation in Crimea in the context of achieving the Goals by 2030.
Within the framework of the event, a short version of the documentary Crimea. Dehydration on the irrational use of water resources by the Russian occupation regime in Crimea.