: E.U. must finance the banned Mejlis - European Parliament

14:39 May. 12, 2016

E.U. must finance the banned Mejlis - European Parliament

Armed Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) officers encircled the building of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People. (GettyImages)

MEPs urge European officials to strengthen political pressure on Russian Federation

The European Parliament calls the E.U. to financially assist the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, as long as it functions in exile being banned by self-proclaimed authorities of the currently Russia-occupied Crimean peninsula. This is according to the resolution the MEPs adopted on Thursday, May 12th.

Banning the institution of the indigenous people of Crimea means it being prohibited from convening, publishing its views in the media, holding public events, or using bank accounts, the document stresses. Therefore, the Parliament strongly condemns the decision of the so-called Supreme Court of Crimea and demands its immediate reversal.

Read also 'Mejlis ban is grave attack on human rights' - E.U.

In its resolution the European Parliament urges the Russian Federation to end the politically motivated prosecution of dissidents and civic activists. as well as to investigate all cases of torture of prisoners illegally apprehended in Crimea, including Ahtem Çiygoz.

Watch also Russia starts new trial proceedings on cases of imprisoned Ukrainians

Earlier the MEPs suggested the E.U. should launch personal sanctions against those involved in banning the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People.

The self-proclaimed Supreme Court of Crimea banned the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People in late April on the demand of the so called Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonska. She insisted the Mejlis must be recognized as an extremist organisation threatening the Russia's territorial integrity. Numerous world leaders and organisations condemned the ban accusing Russia of violating the human rights of the indigenous Crimean residents.

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