Association of Reintegration of Crimea informed UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Dr. Michael Fakhri on issue of the food systems and human rights in the Crimea, for the Rapporteur’s forthcoming report for the UN General Assembly session.

“ARC” pointed to Rapporteur that the key challenge for the Crimea is the water crisis that appeared exactly due to the policies of the Russia’s “authorities”. Since 2014 Russia has relocated illegally over 500 thousand of its own residents to the Crimea. Further, Russia initiated large military infrastructure projects in the Crimea, requiring massive water supply.

We pointed to the Rapporteur that the ill-considered Russian military, economic and demographic policy in the Crimea created a water crisis that negatively affected on the rights of Crimean residents, including the indigenous people of the Crimea. “ARC” stressed in its submission  that exactly the occupation and the attempt of annexation of the Crimea by Russia reduce the practical possibility for the Ukrainian government to prevent and correct the above-mentioned ill-considered Russian water and food activities in the Crimea.

As it was proved in “ARC” report anyway the water crisis in the Crimea has no signs of “humanitarian catastrophe” as Russian propaganda points. Submission pointed on the researches, that have shown the agrarian sector in the Crimea functions now to provide well enough food production for the Crimean residents, so all the risks in this issue have grounds just in the Russia’s “policy” on the peninsula.  

But, as our Association was pointed to Dr. Fakhri in the submission, apart of water crisis aggravated by the Russia’s “policy”, some other regional food system’s issues have influence to realisation Crimeans’ rights to food. They are:

– illegal seizure by Russia’s “authorities” the key agrarian enterprises in the Crimea, owned by the Ukrainian public institutions like National Agricultural Academy;

– illegal seizure by Russia’s “authorities” the system of the co-operative consumer cooperation in the Crimea;

– illegal changes in certification and sanitary policy issues that Russia’s “authorities” initiated in the Crimea that destroyed the small agrarian business sector on peninsula;

– non-controlled, non-regulated industrial fishery in the Black and Azov Seas from the Crimea controlled by the Russia’s “authorities”;

– illegal seizure by the business structures controlled by Russia’s “authorities” the hundreds hectares of vineyards located in the Southern Coast of the Crimea for the illegal building purposes;

– artificial “self-exclusion” the Russia-controlled territory from the world food market in conditions of the “counter-sanctions” against the European food market;

– absence of scientific-grounded agrarian policy in the occupied Crimea, absence of the effective pest control.