Russian ban on the Crimean Tatar Mejlis is a serious attack on the rights of the Crimean Tatars, while the Russian Federation is obliged to fully ensure them in conformity with international law, the EU Ambassador to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli said, as cited by Center for Journalistic Research.
"As we said earlier - when the so-called Supreme Court of the Crimea ruled to ban the Mejlis activity on April 26 - the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, which confirmed this ban, is a serious attack on the rights of the Crimean Tatars as a whole," he said.
Mingarelli said that it exacerbates the human rights situation in Crimea, including the prosecution of persons belonging to minorities, after the illegal annexation of the peninsula by Russia.
He noted that the Russian Federation is obliged to fully ensure the rights of the Crimean Tatars in accordance with international law.
"There must be full compliance with international standards of human rights and other obligations under international law. As for the Crimean Tatar community, their rights must be ensured without delay," he 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, No.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 occupied Crimea.
Following the ruling by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation to ban the Mejlis, Refat Chubarov - Chairman of the Crimean Tatar representative body - said that real prison terms threaten the Crimean Tatars for their involvement in Mejlis activities.
The Ministry for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine issued a statement drawing attention of the international community to the ruling by the Russian court, which violates the rights of the Crimean Tatar people.
Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Ukraine Judith Gough expressed concern about the decision of the RF Supreme Court upholding the ban on the Crimean Tatar Mejlis.
Loode Oliver, a member of the Minority Rights Group and the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues made a statement on the ban of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis: "... the decision by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation to uphold a ban of a representative institution of an entire people is unprecedented in the 21st century ... yesterday’s decision to uphold the ban of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people bears a resemblance to the first wave of Anti-Jewish legislation of Nazi Germany in 1933-34, both in its symbolic significance and potential consequences."