13:10 Apr. 19, 2016
Andriy Parubiy calls for the U.N. to hold a meeting on ban of Crimean Tatar institution
The ban of Crimean Tatar Mejlis is unacceptable and the United Nations must react immediately. This is according to the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament Andriy Parubiy. He calls on the U.N. Security Council to go into session on this issue.
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"On behalf of the Ukrainian lawmakers I am urging the international organisations to give their assessment of this crime", said Parubiy during the session of the Ukrainian Parliament.
Parubiy says he considers the prohibition of Mejlis "an act of fascism". "This is the first time since Stalin and Hitler when a whole ethnicity is declared extremist. The actions of the Russian government is just confirming the description of the country as "Prison of nations".
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The so-called Crimean prosecutor suspended the activity of Crimean Tatar Mejlis on April 13. Refat Chubarov, the head of the institution, called for an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council on this issue.
On April 18 Russian court declared Mejlis "an extremist organisation" and prohibited the institution. Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called this decision "continuation of Stalin's repressions".