News from Ukraine: Crimean Tatar leader introduces 'emergency state' for Mejlis

16:46 Apr. 26, 2016

Crimean Tatar leader introduces 'emergency state' for Mejlis

Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Refat Chubarov (UNIAN photo)

Mejlis headquarters will be located in Kyiv

MP from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc and Chairman of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis Refat Chubarov has issued a decree on the Mejlis emergency state under the temporary occupation of Crimea.

"Being the Mejlis chairman and relying on the Mejlis decision as of 19 February 2016, I have issued a decree on emergency regime for the national self-government of the Crimean Tatar people under the temporary occupation of Crimea", Chubarov said that at a briefing, on April 26, according to UNIAN.

According to Chubarov, the Mejlis headquarters will be located in Kyiv.

Read also Mejlis representations may open in Brussels, Washington in autumn

On April 26, the Russian court banned Crimean Tatar Mejlis on the Russia-occupied peninsula. It has been declared 'an extremist organisation'. Its activity is now completely forbidden, including publications in mass media, organising public events and using bank accounts.

The Kremlin's attempts to prohibit Mejlis have been repeatedly slammed by the Western states. European officials have called the trial "a grave attack on the rights of the Crimean Tatars". The initiators of the prohibition are now under criminal investigation in Ukraine.

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