KYIV (QHA) -

Following the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, the Crimean Tatars are under threat of imprisonment for their involvement in the representative body, according the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov.

According to him, a person can get from 2 to 6 years imprisonment for participation in the Mejlis activity, and from 6 to 10 years in prison for membership.

Refat Chubarov went on saying that in a time of emergency, the decisions of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people are taken by a special body composed of 8 Mejlis members and the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev.

“Since the occupation authorities began to plot prosecution of the Crimean Tatars, we have held a closed meeting of the Mejlis in February. We agreed upon the activities of the Majlis in case of emergency. We have created a special body composed of 8 Mejlis members and a leader Mustafa Dzhemilev. This council was given wide powers. The last meeting was held on September 22. Two days later some Mejlis members in Crimea were summoned for questioning and charged under particular articles of criminal code. Over 3500 people are currently under the threat, they are regional Mejlis members, delegates of the Kurultai,” Chubarov said.

He believes that the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation was quite expected, but this procedure was necessary to obtain the opportunity to appeal to International Courts for Human rights.

“The next step is the appeal to the European Court of International Human Rights. This prohibition can not prevent the struggle of the Crimean Tatars for their rights. We must go further and act in the legal field. Banning of the Mejlis is a flagrant violation the Declaration of Indigenous Peoples. And all States have to respect any institution established by the indigenous peoples,” Chubarov said.

September 29, the Supreme Court of Russia held a meeting on the case "On the prohibition of the activities of the public association "Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people" under the Article 9 of the Federal Law of 25.07.2002, № 1145-FL" On counteracting extremist activity."

The panel of judges of the Supreme Court of Russia in Moscow banned the activity of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people on the territory of the Russian Federation and Crimea.

QHA