Deputy Chairman of the state Duma Committee on international Affairs Natalia Polonskaya appealed to the Supreme Commissioner of the United Nations (UN) human rights Michelle Bachelet.
Deputy of the appeal accused the Ukrainian authorities in the “destruction of human rights” in connection with the overlap of the supply of fresh water to the Crimea from the Dnieper river in the North Crimean channel, RIA “Novosti” with reference to the letter Poklonski aimed Bachelet.
According to her, the actions of the authorities of Ukraine violate the UN Charter, article 30 of the universal Declaration of human rights, article 5 International Covenant on civil and political rights and article 5 of the International Covenant on economic, social and cultural rights. The Deputy of the state Duma noted that the residents of Crimea are ready to provide detailed material about what is happening and hope for a speedy response from the high Commissioner.
Deputy Chairman of the state Duma Committee on international Affairs requests the UN high Commissioner for human rights “to take extensive measures to ensure all possible ways to restore the functioning of the North Crimean channel” and to prevent the recurrence of the water blockade of the Peninsula in the future.
According to Poklonskaya, the main source of fresh water to Crimea is the North Crimean channel of the Dnieper, providing 85% of the needs of people in clean and safe drinking water. However, in 2014, the flow of water through the channel in the Republic was completely stopped unilaterally. The authors of the appeal reminded that the Crimea is a unique multi-ethnic region, where 2.4 million people and 170 nationalities, including unique indigenous peoples, whose number does not exceed 2 thousand people.
Himself the North Crimean channel wrote Poklonskaya, was built with funds and efforts of Ukraine and the entire Soviet Union in the 50-ies of the last century, when the Peninsula was part of the Russian Federation.
According to the Deputy, “the Ukrainian side is deliberately takes actions that threaten a humanitarian disaster by depriving the inhabitants of the Crimea of the right to water”, and the Ukrainian authorities “are guided by feelings of revenge against the Crimean, opposed the coup in Kiev.”
According to Poklonski, overlapping channel in 2014 affected the state of the ecosystem as the lower Dnieper and the Crimea: swaps and sacrilice soil, killing the flora and fauna, loses fertility soil, deteriorating health of local residents.