: Crimean Tatar Mejlis hearing branded ‘kangaroo court' begins on Russian-occupied peninsula
Politics11:14 Mar. 18, 2016

Crimean Tatar Mejlis hearing branded ‘kangaroo court' begins on Russian-occupied peninsula

Peninsula's so-called prosecutor wants Crimean Tatar assembly labelled 'extremist' and shut down

In the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula a court case is being heard into a ban on the Crimean Tatar Mejlis. The peninsula's so-called prosecutor says the self-governing assembly should be labelled as ‘extremist' and shut down. The head of the Mejlis Refat Chubarov says the proceedings a sham and is calling on the UN to intervene.

In Kyiv and a number of other Ukrainian cities meanwhile demonstrations are being held in support of the Crimean Tatars. The indigenous population of the Black Sea peninsula has been subject to repressions, disappearances and imprisonment since Moscow's annexation.

This demonstrator says: "I don't want Ukraine to forget about Crimea, about the Crimean Tatars and about all the people there who still remember and keep faith in Ukraine."

Watch also Waking up world to Russian persecution of Crimean Tatars

The hearing into the Mejlis comes as the Kremlin's occupation enters its third year. The annexation remains internationally unrecognised.

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