The League of Free Nations, a coalition of national representative bodies, civil organizations, and individual activists of indigenous peoples of the Russian Federation, has addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The communication outlines compelling evidence that in the Russian Federation:
– There is a pattern of criminal persecution targeting national activists, journalists, andhuman rights defenders from indigenous communities.
– National representative bodies advocating for the legitimate rights of indigenouspeoples are systematically dismantled.
– The population of national Republics and representatives of non-Russian peoples faceintimidation and restrictions on their rights.
– There is an excessively high mobilization of indigenous people into the armed forces ofthe Russian Federation, leading to the physical annihilation of members of theseminority groups.
Consequently, it is unmistakably clear that the state policy of the Russian Federation is systematically violates the legitimate rights of non-Russian peoples within its borders, causing direct harm to the demographics of small-numbered peoples, altering the ethnic composition of regions, and ultimately eliminating republics as territorial-state entities of the indigenous peoples occupied by Russia. This aligns with the indicators of genocide.
The League of Free Nations urgently calls upon the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to leverage all available tools to exert pressure on the authorities of the Russian Federation to stop repression against representatives and activists of indigenous peoples.
The statement additionally contends that Antonina Gorbunova, the representative of the Russian Federation in the Expert Mechanism, does not represent the interests of the indigenous, native, and small-numbered peoples of the Russian Federation. Instead, she exclusively represents a criminal state and a regime led by Vladimir Putin, a military criminal wanted by the Hague International Criminal Court.
The League of Free Nations is ready to actively participate in the formulation of proposals aimed at improving international legislation and mechanisms to protect the rights of indigenous peoples, ethnic minorities and other ethnocultural communities.