Today, 17 March, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea is holding the hearing into the claim of the Prosecutor's Office of Crimea on recognizing the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars as extremist organization and banning its activities in the Russian Federation.

According to Zair Smedlyaev, Head of the Kurultai Central Election Commission (CEC), over 80 people have come to the Supreme Court to support the Mejlis members.

All parties to litigation are already in the courthouse. Zair Smedlyaev should act in the court as a witness.

“Being a Head of the Election Commission I have something to say,” Smedlyaev said. 

It was reported earlier, that some organizations trying to act on behalf of the Crimean Tatars, appealed to the "Prosecutor" of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya demanding to take possible measures to prevent the further work of the Mejlis and bring to justice all those responsible for its activity. The relevant statement of the claim was handed over to Nariman Jelal, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar, by Natalia Poklonskaya on February 15. Its essence - the prohibition of the Mejlis activities in the territory of the Russian Federation.

On March 10, the court hearing was postponed to March 17 at the request of the lawyer and the Mejlis due to necessity to get acquainted with a lot of information (more than 500 pages). 

Earlier, Chairman of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine opposed the ban on Mejlis by the Crimean occupation authorities.

In the context of restrictions on freedom of expression, speech and assembly, as well as strict control over the activities of public organizations and civil activists, the Mejlis as the representative body of the Crimean Tatar people continues to publicly express disagreement with the events in Crimea and with regard to Crimea, speak out against human rights violations on the peninsula and defend the interests of  Crimean Tatars, which do not always coincide with the interests of the occupying state, according to a statement published on the Mejlis’s Facebook page.

The Mejlis of Crimean Tatars is also seeking the implementation of the Crimean indigenous people’s right to self-determination under international standards, which is also at odds with the existing ideology of the Russian Federation.

At first, the occupation authorities unsuccessfully tried to subordinate the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars to their interests, and then started to destroy it.

Imposition of a court ban on the activities of the Mejlis will not only be a blatant disregard of the international law, but also lead to possibility of prosecution of thousands of indigenous people in Crimea.