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Order by Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people

"On introduction of an emergency modus operandi of the national government of the Crimean Tatar people for the duration of Russian occupation of Crimea"

Pursuant to the decision of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people of February 19, 2016 "On an emergency modus operandi of delegates of the Qurultai of the Crimean Tatar people, Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and its members, including other bodies of national government of the Crimean Tatar people, in the event of force majeure circumstances preventing the above from freely exercising their activities in Crimea", as well as Clause 4.4 ‘On the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people’.

It is hereby ordered:                                    

1. As of April 26, 2016, delegates of the Qurultai of the Crimean Tatar people, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and members of other bodies elected at the Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people, including regional and local Mejlis branches, are to exercise their activities in an emergency modus operandi.

2. Starting from introduction of an emergency modus operandi and until otherwise decided by the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and members of other bodies elected at the Qurultai of the Crimean Tatar people are to be organized by Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people.

The head office of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people is to be relocated to Kiev.

3. For the duration of an emergency modus operandi, responsibility for coordination of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people is to be vested in a special meeting of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, comprised of:

- Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people,

- Leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Jemil ag’a (upon his consent)

- Members of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people permanently residing in mainland Ukraine.

4. Decisions adopted by the special meeting are to be released under an order of Chairman of the Mejlis and are binding on delegates of the Qurultai of the Crimean Tatar people, members of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, members of other bodies elected at the Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar people, including regional and local Mejlis branches.

Refat Chubarov

Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people

April 26, 2016

Kyiv

№ 008 – r

On April 26, a court in Crimea delivered a verdict, recognizing the Mejlis an extremist organization and banning its activities in Russia, including Crimea.

In her accusatory speech delivered on April 26, Natalia Poklonskaya, the so-called ‘Crimea’s Prosecutor General’, accused the Mejlis of being ‘an extremist organization cooperating with the West and having links to terrorist organizations’.

As a proof of the Mejlis’s extremist activities, the Russian court admitted into evidence ‘Protest in the Woods’ article published in 1988. According to Mejlis Chairman Refat Chubarov, international organizations, including the United Nations, will respond to the banning of the Mejlis in Russian-ocupied Crimea by taking relevant action.

Nariman Jelyal, Mejlis First Deputy Chairman, said that international organizations, such as the UN, the OSCE, the Turkish governments, the United States, the European Union, expressed their support for the Mejlis.

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