Ayla Bakkalli, as USA Rep attended a Closed Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Languages

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was approved by the UN Economic and Social Council.

This meeting was build on the findings and recommendations of the 2008 Expert Group Meeting on indigenous languages organized by UN DESA.

Ms. Bakkalli attended as an Observer but, also made a brief unscheduled intervention statement calling upon the international community to list indigenous Crimean Tatar as an endangered language under the current illegal annexation of Crimea, Ukraine.

Ms. Bakkalli provided to the Expert Group Meeting that the use of indigenous Crimean Tatar language by Crimean Tatars continues to be prohibited.

Ms. Bakkalli cited specific cases to this group first of the young Crimean Tatar youth who was beaten for speaking Crimean Tatar on his cell phone; she cited also the taking into custody of a Crimean Tatar blogger; the shut down of Crimean News Agency (QHA) and its Director being banned entry to the peninsula since August of 2014.

Also cited at this meeting was the closing of indigenous children’s channel, ‘Lale”, Radio Station Meydan FM; Official Newspaper of the Mejlis “Avdet”.

Ms. Bakkalli also provided her list with the closing of the only indigenous Crimean Tatar TV Channel in the world, ATR on April, 2014.