: Lithuania calls on E.U. to slam Russia's violation of Crimean Tatars' rights

14:43 Apr. 16, 2016

Lithuania calls on E.U. to slam Russia's violation of Crimean Tatars' rights

Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius is seen during a joint press conference in Minsk, Belarus,November 12, 2015. (Getty Images)

Linkevicius hopes the E.U. will unanimously urge Kremlin to reverse its decision to ban Mejlis activities

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius sent a letter to the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini thanking her for a prompt statement by the European External Action Service, which condemned the filing of a request by the so-called Russian-appointed ‘Prosecutor' to ban the activities of the Mejlis, a self-governing body of the Crimean Tatars.

He ask to drew attention to the fact that there was a clear need for a common European reaction condemning the illegal decision that violated human rights, reports Lithuania's Foreign Minister 

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Lithuania's Foreign Minister also drew attention to the fact that the official website of the Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania had come under cyber-attack on 11 April just as a special session of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars had started. It is assumed that the aim of the attack was to prevent foreign viewers from watching the proceedings of the World Tatar Congress online.

Linkevicius expressed hope that the EU would unanimously condemn Russia's actions and urge the Kremlin to reverse its decision to ban the activities of the Mejlis

The Mejlis, a self-governing body of the Crimean Tatars, is elected in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. 

 

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