Our Association paid the significant attention to the problem of “water crisis”, caused by the Russian invaders’ non-effective water management in the occupied Crimea. We informed repeatedly in 2020-2021 on those problems the structures of UN, Council of Europe, OSCE and European Union, including the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Pedro Arrojo Agudo, who prepares now reports on issues of the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation of indigenous peoples. UN Rapporteur published recently our Association’s submission and on 26 January the on-line consultation with Dr. Arrojo Agudo passed on that report issues with participation of our Association representative Dr. Borys Babin.
Talking on issues on indigenous-related water management we pointed on the specific problem of interstate conflicts such as Russian aggression, and related negative factors such as colonization, militarization and internal displacement. Participants of consultation paid special interest to the analysis of total corruption and negligence in the Russia-controlled “Voda Kryma” activities, which was prepared by Association’s expert docent Andrii Chvalyuk. Dr. Babin stressed during consultations on issue of the total absence of indigenous peoples’ participation in the water management in the Russia-occupied Crimea and mentioned the problems of water-related Crimean sacrifice zones that our Association proposed to UN bodies, also as the issue of fake water-connected claims of Russia to the European Court of Human Rights and other structures.
Association’s representative pointed on the importance of the UN General Assembly’s resolution 76/179 demands to Russia as the occupying state in the Crimea. As this act demand Russia to uphold its responsibility on ensuring adequate living conditions in Crimea, including by ensuring the fair distribution of freshwater resources for the civilian population; to ensure that safe drinking water is enjoyed by all residents of Crimea without discrimination and they are provided with access to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use. Dr. Babin informed consultation’s participants on case of “Siemens” and “Grundfos” water pumps, used illegally by Russian invaders on Beshterek-Zuya water supply that destroys the unique river ecosystems where the indigenous people’s representatives reside. Participants noted with deep concern on refusal of Danish and German governments to punish the companies to supply such sanctions-banned equipment and to pay any compens
ation to victims of river valley dehydration.
Dr. Babin stressed attention of participants on the law of Ukraine on indigenous peoples, adopted in 2021 and on activities of our Association and of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center (CTRC) on development the relevant sublegal acts that will allow the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People to participate in the consultations regarding the water management and sustainable development issues. Association representative presented to the UN Rapporteur the documental film “Crimea. Dehidration”, made under CTRC efforts and with ARC’s experts participation, which describes the grounds and consequences of modern water crisis in the Crimea. At the same time Russian submission sent to the UN Rapporteur on his request regarding the issues right to water, was formal and it did not mention the occupied Crimea at all; more, Russian or Russia-controlled representatives did not participate in the pointed UN consultations, devoted the rights to water. The relevant UN Rapporteur’s reports on right to water will be granted to the
UN Human Rights Council and UN General Assembly in September-October 2022.