UN Forum on minority issues in Geneva raised the issue of current condition of the Crimean Tatar people (video)
From 24th to 25th of November 9th session of the Forum on Minority Issues, UN Council on Human Rights, was conducted in Geneva. Eskender Bariiev, a member of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and the head of the board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center participated in the Forum. During his speech he spoke about systematic repressions and human rights violations against Crimean Tatar people, about political prisoners of Crimea, those missing and died over the occupation period of Crimea, as well as the prohibition of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.
In the beginning of his speech Eskender Bariiev, as a representative of the Crimean Tatar people, expressed gratitude to all state-members, that supported the resolution on Crimea, raised at the 3d UN Commitee.
In his statement he expressed deep concern on continuous repressions and violations of rights of indigenous people of Crimea – Crimean Tatars.
The speaker accentuated on Russia's policy on the replacement of the population in Crimea.
“Violating the 4th Geneva Convention of 1949, the policy of substitution of Crimea’s population is conducted. According to our data, more than 120 thousand people have been brought from the Russian Federation, wherein 27 thousand people have left Crimea and were officially registered in qualified institutional bodies of Ukraine as IDPs. The last case was expulsion of the activist - Nedim Khalilov, who is in Krasnodar Region and who has declared a hunger strike in protest”, - said Bariiev.
In his speech he also reminded about the ban of the representative body of the Crimean Tatar people – the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.
“On April 26 the so called Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea prohibited the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people , the representative body of the Crimean Tatars, thus violating articles 5, 18 and 19 of the UN declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples on the collective right of the Crimean Tatars. Crimean Tatars are entitled to manage their representative bodies”, - declared the member of the Mejlis.
According to Eskender Bariiev, armed people attack mosques during Friday praying, Crimean Tatars are also arrested at markets, pushed into buses by force and are delivered to the so called center “E”, people are obliged to share their personal data, undergo test saliva and are compelled to be fingerprinted. He noted that it is an obvious violation of article 12 of the UN declaration on the rights of indigenous people (UNDRIP).
In his speech Bariiev also reminded about the missing, murdered, as well as political prisoners in Crimea. Particularly, the spokesman accentuated the case of Ervin Ibragimov, one of the twenty six missing people or abducted Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians. It was pointed that 12 people have been found murdered with traces of atrocious tortures. De facto authorities have not opened criminal proceedings of all criminal cases and not all the crimes have been investigated since 2014.
Eskender Bariiev urged the world community to direct a note addressed to the Russian Federation, emphasizing their obligation to ensure the rights of Crimean Tatars as an indigenous people of Crimea.
The Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center highlighted the fact that UN institutions need to work out the humanitarian response plan to the Crimean Tatar people.