Climate change and indigenous peoples

April 26, 2021

Report delivered by the manager of Crimean Tatar Resource Center Liudmyla Korotkykh at the 20th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Discussion on the theme "Peace, justice and strong institutions: the role of indigenous peoples in implementing Sustainable Development Goal 16".

Climate change and indigenous peoples

Selam aleyküm, sayğılı hanımlar ve efendiler!

Dear Madam Chair!

Dear brothers and sisters!

Since 2014, more than 300 thousand representatives of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people have been living in conditions of interstate conflict, insecurity and limited access to justice, which is a threat to sustainable development of the entire region.

As a result of massive violations of individual rights – 80 representatives of the indigenous people of Crimea are illegally imprisoned, the collective rights of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people are violated: national independent media and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people are banned in Crimea. The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people is the representative institution of the Crimean Tatars is elected according to certain parliamentary democratic procedures.

In connection with the discriminatory actions of the Russian Federation in Crimea, the Crimean Tatars are united in civil networks, the purpose of which is to highlight the real situation in the occupied peninsula, however, they are also subjected to constant pressure and persecution, which limits their ability to promote peace and security in the region.

As it was noted in the discussed report today, the indigenous peoples have developed traditional ancestral knowledge that enables them to devise climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.

However, after the occupation Russia does not recognize the rights of the Crimean Tatars as an indigenous people in accordance with the UNDRIP.

The Crimean Tatars are deprived of the opportunity to contribute to the fight against climate change and related threats to sustainable development.

One of the proofs is an irrational policy for the usage of water resources, which is not agreed with the Crimean Tatar people as required by Art. 18,19, 26 of the UNDRIP and which has already led to a crisis in the water balance in Crimea and creates additional security threats for both the Crimean Tatars and our motherland- Crimea.

In this regard, we demand from Russia to end the temporary occupation of the Crimea, thereby enabling the Crimean Tatar people to live and develop in peace and security, to contribute to the fight against climate change and the sustainable development of Crimea.

Thank you for your attention!