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An indicator of the effectiveness of the Law of Ukraine“On the Indigenous Peoples of Ukraine is Putin’s hysterical reaction - Bariiev

12 August 2022

Head of the Board of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, head of the Department of Legal Issues and Foreign Affairs of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Eskender Bariiev during a briefing on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples said that the indicator of the effectiveness of the Law of Ukraine "On the Indigenous Peoples of Ukraine" is the hysterical reaction of the President of the Russian Federation.

“This year, for the first time, Ukraine celebrates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in the status of a country that can boldly say that it is trying to do everything to protect and develop the three indigenous peoples of Ukraine (Crimean Tatars, Karaites, Krymchaks), not by word, but by the letter of the law,” - said Bariiev.

He stressed that thanks to the Law of Ukraine On the Indigenous Peoples of Ukraine, Ukraine can become an example for many countries of the world, where indigenous peoples are still fighting for their right to self-determination.

“An indicator of the effectiveness of the Law of Ukraine “On the Indigenous Peoples of Ukraine” is the hysterical reaction of Russian President Vladimir Putin”,- he added.

Bariiev noted that since 2014 the Mejlis and the CTRC team have been actively working on the adoption of this law in Ukraine, and also systematically covered the problems of the three indigenous peoples at such international platforms as the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, repeated meetings with Victoria Tauli Korpus - Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, dozens of reports to the human rights mechanisms of the UN, OSCE and Council of Europe on the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples.