February 26, Moscow. The Presidium of Expert Council in Arctic and Antarctic under the Chairman of the Federation Council of Russia had a session today conducted by Artur Chilingarov, with main topic “Indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and Far East of the Russian Federation: status of legal support, problems and solutions”.
The session was attended by the Chairman of Yamal Legislative Assembly, Sergey Kharyuchi. According to press-service of Yamal Legislative Assembly, Sergey will report to the participants of the session about challenges of indigenous peoples of the Arctic, and will suggest possible solutions. In his speech Sergey Kharyuchi plans to focus on the issues of improvement of federal legislation in the field of indigenous peoples’ rights development in line with current international principles, that, in his opinion, in the last few years are “stalled”: “There is a persistent tendency to diminish indigenous peoples’ rights. Many problems can not be solved for decades. They are raised and discussed, and for years they migrate from one progressive document to another. For example, the federal law on “Territories of Traditional Nature Use” is been ‘lying without movement’ for 30 years and it is not been implemented. At that time, whole families and even clans are been deprived of their ancestral territories, hunting grounds (and fisheries, pastures), sacred, ritual places and graves”.
Also according to Sergey Kharyuchi’s opinion, these issues require immediate solutions: the questions about documenting national identity of persons belonging to indigenous peoples; establishing procedures for granting the document confirming the maintenance of nomadic and semi-nomadic lifestyle; the constitutional rights to housing and a number of other important issues.
Source : ЦС КМНС