15:53 Apr. 19, 2016
Russia declared Crimean Tatars organisation "extremist" and prohibited its activity
Ukraine has started a criminal investigation of the illegal prohibition of Crimean Tatar Mejlis.
The country's procecutors are conducting an inquiry against the so-called authorities of occupied Crimea.
"The prohibition of Mejlis is indicating that Russia is continuing to oppress the Crimean Tatars and those citizens, who oppose the temporary occupation", according to the press-service of Ukraine's Prosecutor General's office.
Ukraine says the self-appointed Crimean government is violating the rights of the local citizens by "deliberately humiliating the dignity of the Tatars".
"They are deprived of a representative institution, and the so-called authorities have ignored the norms of the international law on the freedom of the indigenous people", said in the statement.