KYIV (QHA) -

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry believes that the Russian Federation Supreme Court’s decision to ban the supreme representative and executive body of the Crimean Tatars is unconcealed blasphemy of Russian occupying authorities in relation to the Crimean Tatar people. 

The statement published on the website of the MFA of Ukraine says that under the pretext of the "fight against extremism", the occupation authorities of Crimea initiated a number of criminal cases against the Ukrainian citizens of the Crimean Tatar descent.

“We consider this cynical decision a manifestation of racial discrimination. This is an expected step of Russia's highest court, totally consistent with the Kremlin’s current repressive policy which aims to fight against democracy and freedom and transform the occupied peninsula into a "gray zone" of terror and lawlessness,” says the statement of the Foreign Ministry.

The MFA of Ukraine also stated that systematic violation of human rights and restrictions on freedom in the occupied Crimea totally destroy the mechanisms for their protection and security. Repression and ban on the Mejlis is a vivid example.

“We fully recognize that the independent and deliberate civil position of the Mejlis and its consistent support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and its international standing made it the target of political persecution by the Russian Federation. By labeling the Mejlis’s work illegal and arbitrarily pursuing activists from this body and representatives of the Crimean Tatar people as a whole, the Russian Federation in fact operates with Stalinist methods, the culmination of which was the criminal act of the mass deportation and extermination of the Crimean Tatars in 1944.”

The Ministry demands that Russia immediately cancel the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, which upheld the ban on the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, and cease the prosecution of the Crimean Tatar people in the occupied peninsula.

“We also appeal to our international partners to intensify actions to protect human rights in the occupied Crimea, including to ensure unimpeded access for international and human rights monitoring organizations and their main conventional and monitoring mechanisms to provide for the continuous monitoring of respect for human rights.”

The MFA of Ukraine also stated that Ukraine would seek judicially the cancelation of the decisions taken by the Russian occupation authorities, including the ban on the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people. The ministry also noted that to solve the problems of the peninsula, in particular, the persecution of the Crimean Tatars is possible only through the de-occupation of Crimea.

QHA