Photography banned at Mejlis hearing

Filming and photographing will be allowed only during the announcement of the decision in the case.

17 March 2016 16:00

During its session on March 17, the Collegium of ‘the Supreme Court of Crimea’ decided to ban photo and video coverage at the trial of the lawsuit to ban the Mejlis activities on the peninsula.

“In order to maintain order in the courtroom the court comes to the conclusion on partial satisfaction of the petition for permission of filming and photographing court sessions, as well as online radio and TV broadcasting  during  the announcement of the court decision on the administrative case,” TASS quoted the judge as saying. 

According to the agency, filming and photographing will be allowed only during the announcement of the decision in the case.

Just a reminder: Today, 17 March, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea is holding the hearing into the claim of the Prosecutor's Office of Crimea on recognizing the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars as extremist organization and banning its activities in the Russian Federation.

It was reported earlier, that some organizations trying to act on behalf of the Crimean Tatars, appealed to the "Prosecutor" of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya demanding to take possible measures to prevent the further work of the Mejlis and bring to justice all those responsible for its activity. The relevant statement of the claim was handed over to Nariman Jelal, Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of Crimean Tatar, by Natalia Poklonskaya on February 15. Its essence - the prohibition of the Mejlis activities in the territory of the Russian Federation.

On March 10 the court hearing was postponed to March 17 at the request of the lawyer and the Mejlis due to necessity to get acquainted with a lot of information.

Earlier, Chairman of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine opposed the ban on Mejlis by the Crimean occupation authorities.

In the context of restrictions on freedom of expression, speech and assembly, as well as strict control over the activities of public organizations and civil activists, the Mejlis as the representative body of the Crimean Tatar people continues to publicly express disagreement with the events in Crimea and with regard to Crimea, speak out against human rights violations on the peninsula and defend the interests of  Crimean Tatars, which do not always coincide with the interests of the occupying state, according to a statement published on the Mejlis’s Facebook page.

The Mejlis of Crimean Tatars is also seeking the implementation of the Crimean indigenous people’s right to self-determination under international standards, which is also at odds with the existing ideology of the Russian Federation.

At first, the occupation authorities unsuccessfully tried to subordinate the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars to their interests, and then started to destroy it.

The leaders of the Crimean Tatar people warn that imposition of a court ban on the activities of the Mejlis will not only be a blatant disregard of the international law, but also lead to possibility of prosecution of thousands of indigenous people in Crimea.

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