March 29, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) against the ban on the Mejlis activities imposed by the Russian authorities, as well as its inclusion in the list of extremist organizations, according to the website of the human rights center Memorial, which represents the interests of the Mejlis in the ECHR.
“In the complaint, the Mejlis indicated that its inclusion in the list of extremist organizations and the ban of its activities violate Article 11 (Freedom of assembly and association) of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Moreover, the organization was banned and its members persecuted because of their political position, which is a violation of Article 18 (Limitation on use of restrictions on rights),” the report said.
In total, the complaint indicates violation of the five articles of the Convention.
It is noted that human rights activists have documented 18 violent disappearances of Crimean Tatars, which have not yet been investigated: Bodies of several activists were found with traces of beatings and torture. At the same time, the authorities illegally search mosques, Islamic schools and private homes of Crimean Tatars.
Reference: September 29, 2016, rejecting the appeal of the Mejlis representatives, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation ruled to recognize the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people an "extremist organization" and ban its activity on the territory of Russia and the occupied Crimea.
Last October, Pavel Petrenko said that the Ukrainian Justice Ministry and the Mejlis would file a joint complaint with the European Court of Human Rights regarding the ban on activities of the Mejlis in Russia and the occupied Crimea.