THE WORLD CELEBRATES THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared, that the International Day of the World's Indigenous People shall be observed on August 9, which includes 370 million persons in 90 countries according to the UN.
This date is special for Ukraine, because the invasion of Russian troops in Ukraine in February 2014 and the continuing occupation of Crimea have significantly exacerbated the issue of ensuring the rights of indigenous people of Ukraine. For the seventh year, Crimean Tatars, Crimean Karaites and Krymchaks live under constant oppression and abuse on ethnic and religious grounds, our cultural heritage is being destroyed and robbed on the Crimean Peninsula occupied by the Russian Federation.
The Russian Federation systematically violates the rights of citizens in the temporarily occupied Crimea. Dozens of people had been detained, and lawyers and social activists are constantly receiving "warnings" and threats. Ukraine collects information on all those involved by the occupying state in illegal searches and arrests, violations of international humanitarian law and crimes against people in the temporarily occupied territories.
All this happens due to the perception of impunity.
The Ministry for Reintegration has repeatedly stressed on the need to toughen sanctions against Russia for their illegal actions, for violations of all international norms and acts, international humanitarian law.
Those involved in the crimes must be held accountable, despite the statute of limitations.
The Ministry for Reintegration develops proposals for a new package of sanctions against certain legal entities and individuals, which will be submitted for consideration to the National Security and Defence Council, and then will be submitted for consideration to the President.
In addition, the Ministry for Reintegration is constantly cooperating with the UN, OSCE and the Council of Europe and calls on all world leaders and all members of the international community, our international partners, including the EU, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom to toughen sanctions against Russia.
“Crimes against humanity committed by the Russian Federation cannot go unpunished,” emphasized the Ministry for Reintegration.