BRUSSELS (QHA) -

A statement by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, condemning a decision to suspend the activities of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars, has been posted on the politician’s official page.

“Yesterday's decision by the so-called prosecutor of Crimea to suspend the activities of Mejlis, a self-governing body of the Crimean Tatars, is extremely worrying and constitutes a grave attack on the rights of the Crimean Tatars. This decision, taken in the context of the on-going court case aiming at banning its activities as an extremist organisation, must be reversed immediately,” reads the statement.

Mogherini emphasized that the EU ‘has consistently reiterated its concern about the deterioration of the human rights situation on the Crimean peninsula since its illegal annexation by the Russian Federation in 2014, including as regards the persecution of persons belonging to minorities’.

“The EU reiterates its call for full compliance with international human rights standards and other obligations under international law,” Mogherini’s statement reads.

It was reported earlier that a hearing on a lawsuit seeking to recognize the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars an extremist organization and banning its activities in the Russian Federation has been rescheduled for April 25, 2016.

QHA