“The decision by the so-called Supreme Court of Crimea to prohibit the activities of the Mejlis, a self-governing body of the Crimean Tatars, labeling it "an extremist organization", represents a grave attack on the rights of the Crimean Tatars as a whole. It constitutes a further very negative escalation in the human rights situation on the Crimean peninsula since its illegal annexation by the Russian Federation in 2014, including as regards the persecution of persons belonging to minorities. Full compliance with international human rights standards and other obligations under international law, notably in this case concerning the Crimean Tatar community, must be ensured without delay”, reads the message at the External Action Service’s website.
As reported earlier, on April 26, the so-called "Supreme Court" of the Russian-occupied Crimea banned Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and forbade any activities of this organization across the Russian Federation. The decision was announced on Tuesday by judicial panel chaired by judge Natalya Terentyeva; thus, the panel complied with the respective suit of Natalya Poklonskaya, so-called "Prosecutor of Crimea".
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Earlier, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine reported that a criminal case on the ban of Mejlis by Prosecution of Crimea has been initiated. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine noted that the ban of Mejlis demonstrates violation of rights of Crimean Tatars people and all citizens, who oppose temporary occupation of the territory of Ukraine by the Russian Federation.
On April 18, Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation listed Mejlis of Crimean Tatars as extremist organization. On April 13, Prosecutor of Crimea Natalya Poklonskaya suspended Mejlis of Crimean Tatars.