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Appeal of the Indigenous Peoples to international organizations and missions of states at international organizations

17 May 2022

On February 24, 2022, the Russian Federation launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. As a result of rocket attacks on Ukrainian settlements, thousands of civilians were killed - representatives of different ethnic groups and confessions, indigenous peoples, including hundreds of children.

Russian organizations of indigenous peoples: Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East (RAIPON) -, interregional public organization Information and Educational Network of Indigenous Peoples Lyoravetlian -, the Association of Finno-Ugric Peoples of the Russian Federation -, officially supported the criminal actions of President Putin to unleash a war against Ukraine.

We appeal to the United Nations, in particular the President of ECOSOC, to deprive the organizations that supported Russia's aggression against Ukraine of their consultative status with the UN ECOSOC. And also prevent the appointment of representatives of these organizations to UN subsidiary organs, such as the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

We appeal to all international organizations that proclaim human life and freedom as the highest value, not to allow participation in their work of representatives of organizations of indigenous peoples of Russia that support Russia's military aggression against Ukraine.

We believe that organizations whose representatives support the war and, accordingly, the killing of civilians in Ukraine, including the killing of representatives of indigenous peoples, cannot represent the interests and rights of indigenous peoples at the international level.

We appeal to the international community with a request to establish an independent commission to study and prepare a report on the impact of the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine on the indigenous peoples of Russia and Ukraine.