11:15 Apr. 27, 2016
European Union condemns Russia's decision to prohibit Crimean Tatars Mejlis
European Union slams the prohibition of the Crimean Tatars Mejlis by the Kremlin. E.U. officials say the ban constitutes the further deterioration of the human rights on the occupied peninsula.
Since Russia illegally annexed Crimea, it has resorted to persecuting minorities and silencing critics and protesters. This is according to a statement published on the E.U. website on April 26.
"Today's decision by the so-called Supreme Court of Crimea to prohibit the activities of the Mejlis, a self-governing body of the Crimean Tatars, labelling it "an extremist organisation", represents a grave attack on the rights of the Crimean Tatars as a whole", E.U. officials said.
E.U. adds Russia must fully comply with international human rights standards "without delay".
Crimean court ordered prohibition of Mejlis on April 26. It was declared "an extremist organisation". Mejlis leaders announced they would appeal the verdict and file their protest at the European Court. Earlier PACE rapporteurs said Russia wanted to ban the institution because it opposed the Kremlin's policy.