10 May 2016, the 15th session of the UN Permanent Forum on
indigenous issues under the slogan "Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace
and solutions" begun its work in New York.
According to First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of
Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova
the status of the indigenous people, which Ukraine has defined for the Crimean
Tatars, is the key to the return of Crimea to Ukraine.
"Under international law, in particular, the UN
Declaration on indigenous peoples, the Crimean Tatars have the right to
self-determination that is unacceptable to the occupation authorities. In turn,
the policy of destruction at all levels - from language to physical violence in
relation to indigenous people was chosen. However, there is the myth of equal
respect and protection of the rights of the Crimean Tatars on all world arenas.
The Forum is not an exception. Even the supposedly independent experts from
Russia are working to justify "the Crimea is ours". Very similar to
Russian media, when regardless of the form of ownership, they are subordinate
and controlled by the regime", said E. Dzhaparova.
First Deputy also noted that after the de-occupation of
Crimea, the indigenous people, in the event of the realization of the right to
self-determination, will guarantee the protection of Ukraine in Crimea. The
15th session of the Forum will last until 20 May. Annually at sessions of the
Forum, representatives of indigenous peoples of the world gather to discuss the
problems of their peoples and the search for solutions.
The Crimean Tatars were represented at the Forum on behalf
of the representative body of the indigenous people - the Majlis.
The delegation included: Eskender Bariev,
a member of the Majlis; Ayla
Bakkali and Aslan Omer Kyrymly, the representatives of the Mejlis
in New York; Emine Dzhaparova,
First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine.
The UN permanent Forum on indigenous issues is one of the 3
UN mechanisms that deals with indigenous issues and is the highest deliberative
body of the UN. The Forum also deals with issues of economic and social
development, culture, environment, education, health and human rights in the
context of the protection of indigenous peoples. The Forum was established by
ECOSOC in 2000. It conducts an annual session, which usually is held in May.
The Forum consists of 16 members representing various regions of the world.