KIEV (QHA) -

International organizations, including the UN, will respond in a matter of days to the banning of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people in Russian-occupied Crimea by taking relevant action, Refat Chubarov, Chairman of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, told in an interview aired by the 5th Channel.

“Despite the Russian authorities deliberately ignoring statements, warnings and appeals of the international community and leaders of other nations, actions like these are extremely important. In a matter of days, international organizations, including the UN, will respond to the banning of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar in Russian-occupied Crimea by taking relevant action. What is important here is that each organization and each leader do their job,” Chubarov said.

According to Refat Chubarov, the international community has not come up with a coordinated action plan to address the issue, yet.

“The banning of the Mejlis is a yet another reason why we should be more active and also why sanctions against the Russian Federation – not only for its failure to comply with the Minsk agreements but also for its annexation of Crimea - be kept in place. It is also necessary that tougher sanctions be imposed on Russia,” Chubarov said.

It was reported earlier that Natalya Poklonskaya, Kremlin-appointed Prosecutor General, announced on April 13 her decision to suspend activities of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars in Crimea pending a court ruling.  On April 15, a hearing on a lawsuit seeking to ban the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people was rescheduled for April 25. The judges cited failure of Nariman Jelyal, Mejlis Deputy Chairman, to show up for the hearing as a reason for the rescheduling.

On the evening of April 25, judges of the so-called ‘Crimea’s Supreme Court’ rescheduled a hearing on a lawsuit seeking to ban the Mejlis for 9 a.m. April 26.

Natalya Poklonskaya, who failed to show up at the yesterday’s hearing, did make her appearance at the today’s trial.

On April 18, Russia’s Justice Ministry included the Mejlis on the list of public and religious organizations banned in Russia ‘due to their extremist activities’.  Ukraine, as well as a number of international organizations and human rights activists, condemned the decision.

According to Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia is not going to pay heed to the recommendation ‘from without’ because it is up to Russia to decide whether or not to ban the Mejlis.

QHA