EU voices concern over Mejlis raid

19 September 2014 08:46
(QHA) -

The EU on Thursday voiced concern about the ongoing intimidation of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars in Crimea, including raids on their headquarters in Simferopol, searches and interrogations of several Mejlis activists.

"The reports of orders by the Russian court for the Mejlis to leave their current premises in Simferopol are likewise worrying," Michael Mann, spokesman for EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, said in a statement.

"These are not isolated events and reflect the disturbing human rights situation on the Crimean peninsula. The precarious situation of the minority groups in Crimea, as documented in the relevant OSCE and UN reports, remains of serious concern. We call once again for full respect of all fundamental rights and freedoms in Crimea and reiterate that the EU does not recognize its annexation,"- Mann added.

Mejlis, founded in 1991 to act as a representative body for Crimean Tatars, was raided by FSB (Russian Federal Security Service) officers, who spent 12 hours searching the building.

Mejlis stuff was given 24 hours to evacuate the building.

Crimea was annexed by Russia in March, following local referendum on region's status.