In Geneva, at the headquarters of the United Nations, the annual session of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples continues, for which our Association provided relevant information about the oppression of the indigenous peoples of Crimea by the occupiers, in order to include ARC materials in the relevant annual reports of the UN.

At the same time, within the framework of the current discussion at the UN by representatives of the world’s indigenous peoples of the oppression of their rights both on the territory of Russia and in the occupied Crimea, Russian “diplomats”, who were present at the event, committed unlawful actions unprecedented in their audacity.

According to Eskender Bariev, a member of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, these “diplomats” not only interrupted the speeches of the speakers, but, contrary to the rules established at the UN headquarters, approached them, threatened them with violence and demanded that they provide their “full contact details”.

In particular, this concerned the representative of the Shor People, Yana Tanagasheva, and the speaker of the Crimean Tatar Resource Center, Lyudmila Korotkaya. Only the intervention of representatives of other indigenous peoples of the world protected these speakers from the criminal intentions of the Russian “diplomat” directly in the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

As Oliver Loode, a former member of the UN Forum on Indigenous Peoples, stated on this issue, “these days, the representatives of the Russian Federation are no longer able not to cause scandals, they are somewhere. Hysteria and existential fear are so strong. This is the death agony of a disintegrating regime that belongs to only one place – the trash of history”.